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Billionaire, Friend Get No-Jail Plea Deal In Las Vegas Drug Case

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A California technology billionaire and his friend have paid $1 million to avoid prison time while acknowledging evidence against them without admitting guilt in a Las Vegas hotel room drug case.

Henry Nicholas and co-defendant Ashley Fargo entered so-called “Alford pleas” Wednesday in court to two felony drug possession charges.


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Defense attorney David Chesnoff says they’ve contributed the funds to three Las Vegas-area youth and drug rehabilitation programs.


Nicholas and Fargo could have their cases dismissed in a year if they complete community service and counseling.


Police reported finding heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and psychedelic substances in travel cases in their hotel room in August 2018.

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Nicholas and Fargo denied owning the cases.


Nicholas is 59 and co-founded Broadcom. Forbes estimates his net worth at almost $4 billion.