The founder of billionaire Broadcom is arrested on charges of drug trafficking

Henry Nicholas III

The billionaire co-founder of semiconductor maker Broadcom and his girlfriend were arrested in Las Vegas on drug charges after police discovered cases of heroin, cocaine and other drugs in the couple's hotel room after a medical emergency.

As the TMZ gossip site reported for the first time, citing police sources, the incident began to unfold on Tuesday when the controversial tech mogul and philanthropist Henry Nicholas III, 59, was unable to enter his room at the Encore Hotel. Four stars and called security.

When hotel staff gained access to the room, they allegedly found Nicholas' girlfriend, Ashley Fargo, who did not respond with a partially inflated balloon protruding from her mouth.

Henry Nicholas III

Ashley Fargo

Ashley Fargo

Broadcom's billionaire co-founder, Henry Nicholas III (left), 59, and his girlfriend, Ashley Fargo (right), were arrested in Las Vegas on drug charges.

Police reportedly discovered cases full of marijuana, cocaine, heroin and ecstasy inside the Nicholas hotel room at Encore Las Vegas

Police reportedly discovered cases full of marijuana, cocaine, heroin and ecstasy inside the Nicholas hotel room at Encore Las Vegas

Police reportedly discovered cases full of marijuana, cocaine, heroin and ecstasy inside the Nicholas hotel room at Encore Las Vegas

The paramedics who were summoned to the scene were able to revive Fargo, after which the security of the hotel began to question Nicholas about the balloon and the containers found in the room.

According to reports, Nicholas admitted that the receptacles contained nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas.

Encore staff also observed several cases in the room similar to those used to transport weapons, and contacted the police.

The response officer opened the cases and discovered a large amount of marijuana, as well as pills of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and ecstasy, which were stamped with the image of Winnie the Pooh, TMZ reported.

Nicholas, whose current net worth is estimated at $ 3.1billion, according to Forbes, and his girlfriend, whose ex-husband is a bank heir, were arrested on serious drug charges.

This is not the first foray of the law into Nicholas: in 2008, the extravagant former CEO of Broadcom was formally charged with securities fraud, conspiracy and federal charges for narcotics trafficking, which were later dismissed.

Nicholas helped launch Broadcom in 1991 with his business partner Henry Samueli and became a billionaire when the chipmaker was made public seven years later.

The multi-billionaire co-founder of semiconductor maker Broadcom and his girlfriend Ashley were arrested in Las Vegas on drug trafficking charges

The multi-billionaire co-founder of semiconductor maker Broadcom and his girlfriend Ashley were arrested in Las Vegas on drug trafficking charges

The multi-billionaire co-founder of semiconductor maker Broadcom and his girlfriend Ashley were arrested in Las Vegas on drug trafficking charges

In 2008, Nicolás was formally charged with securities fraud, conspiracy and federal charges for narcotics, which were later dismissed (in the photo the court was left in 2010 after the traffic charges were canceled).

In 2008, Nicolás was formally charged with securities fraud, conspiracy and federal charges for narcotics, which were later dismissed (in the photo the court was left in 2010 after the traffic charges were canceled).

In 2008, Nicolás was formally charged with securities fraud, conspiracy and federal charges for narcotics, which were later dismissed (in the photo the court was left in 2010 after the traffic charges were canceled).

At one point, Ashley Fargo was married to Brian Fargo, a successful video game designer and a scion of the family that created Wells Fargo and American Express.

At one point, Ashley Fargo was married to Brian Fargo, a successful video game designer and a scion of the family that created Wells Fargo and American Express.

Ashley Fargo

Ashley Fargo

At one point, Ashley Fargo was married to Brian Fargo, a successful video game designer and a scion of the family that created Wells Fargo and American Express.

He resigned from the Broadcom board of directors in 2003, saying he wished to reconcile with his estranged wife, Stacy, and spend more time with his three children. He maintained a 3 percent stake in his company.

The couple divorced in March 2008, ending their marriage of 20 years, which began to fall apart after Ms. Nicholas allegedly trapped her husband with a prostitute inside their secret sexual hideaway located in a tunnel under the extensive family property of Laguna Hills.

These salacious accusations first came to light in 2002, when a contractor hired by Nicholas to build a $ 30 million underground complex under his mansion sued the billionaire, accusing him of failing to pay construction workers for their work, Los Angeles Times

The plaintiffs in the case also claimed that Nicholas had a "manic" obsession with prostitutes, whom he would take to his personal underground "brothel", and that he was addicted to cocaine and ecstasy.

The lawsuit was finally settled out of court.

Brian Fargo

Brian Fargo

Little is known about Ashley Fargo, beyond the fact that at one point she was married to Brian Fargo, a successful video game designer and scion of the family that Wells Fargo created.

Since his departure from Broadcom, Nicholas has been devoting his time and money to charity work and has become a prominent advocate for the rights of crime victims.

He donated millions of his fortune to create a so-called "declaration of rights of victims of crime" – called Marsy's Law after his sister Marsalee Nicholas, who was shot dead by his ex-boyfriend in 1983 – and add legislation to the constitution State of California in 2008.

Over the past decade, Nicholas has been working to present versions of Marsy's Law to other states, including Illinois and Ohio.

The Marsy Act requires that victims of crime be notified and heard in most criminal proceedings, receive protection and restitution "full and timely" and be allowed to consult with prosecutors.

Little is known about Ashley Fargo, beyond the fact that at one point she was married to Brian Fargo, a successful video game designer and scion of the family that created Wells Fargo and American Express.

It is believed that he has three children from previous relationships and, according to his social networks, he seems to live a luxurious lifestyle full of high-end labels and private planes.

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