Texas readers know that selling illegal drugs can lead to drug trafficking charges. However, some people may not be aware that it is possible to face those charges for giving illicit substances to friends. Such is apparently the case with Broadcom co-founder and billionaire Henry T. Nicholas III.
On Aug. 7, Nicholas and a female companion, identified as the ex-wife of one of the Wells Fargo heirs, were arrested while staying at a Las Vegas casino-resort. According to media reports, security at the hotel discovered drugs in their suite and called the police. Officers arrived at the scene and searched the room, allegedly finding cocaine, ecstasy, heroin and methamphetamine. Both defendants were taken into custody and charged with drug trafficking. After being processed at a local detention center, they were released and ordered to appear at a court hearing in September.
Since Nicholas is worth an estimated $3.1 billion, legal experts say that it is unlikely he was dealing drugs to make money. They said it is more likely that he is an addict who was giving away drugs to friends and acquaintances. However, according to the law, selling drugs and giving away drugs are essentially the same crime. Nicholas, who helped create Broadcom in 1991, has faced drug charges in the past.
Individuals facing drug charges have the right to retain an attorney and fight the allegations in court. An attorney could review the arrest record for signs police executed an illegal search and seizure, which could get the charges dismissed. Legal counsel could also challenge evidence and cross-examine witnesses in an attempt to undermine the prosecution’s case.
Souce: CBS News, “Tech billionaire Henry Nicholas facing drug trafficking counts in Vegas“, Aug. 10, 2018