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Broadcom co-founder takes plea in Las Vegas drug charges

Broadcom co-founder and billionaire Henry T. Nicholas III and his co-defendant, Ashley Christine Fargo, both of Newport Beach, have agreed to an “Alford plea” in two felony drug possession charges against them in Las Vegas, Nevada.

An Alford plea is a guilty plea in criminal court, whereby a defendant does not admit to the criminal act and asserts innocence. 

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Courtesy of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police

Henry Nicholas III and Ashley Christine Fargo

Nicholas, while staying at the Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, summoned hotel security when he was locked out of his room. Upon breaking through the latched door, hotel security found Fargo “unresponsive” with drug paraphernalia nearby.

Upon further investigation, police found heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and several psychedelic substances in several pieces of luggage in the room.

As part of their plea deal, Nicholas and Fargo will make a $1 million donation to Las Vegas area drug treatment and rehabilitation programs.

Nicholas founded Broadcom with a partner in 1991. Forbes has estimated his net worth at more than $4 billion.

Stabbing at OC Fair sends two to hospital, two taken into custody

Two people were sent to the hospital Wednesday night, July 31, with lacerations to their arms after being stabbed at the Orange County Fair.

The incident occurred around 9:40 p.m. The sheriff’s department was called in concerning an altercation between a group of young males in the Fair’s main mall area.

According to officials, no weapons were recovered, and witnesses did not report seeing any.

Two people were reportedly taken into custody, however, an Orange County Sheriff’s spokesperson said that there have been no arrests. She also said that an investigation continues, however, that there is no danger to the public.

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