Pete Doherty arrested on drug charges

June 9th, 2009 - 12:55 am ICT by IANS  

Pete Doherty London, June 8 (IANS) English musician Pete Doherty has been arrested at an airport in Switzerland after he was suspected of taking drugs in a plane toilet.
The singer was flying from London to Geneva, Switzerland Friday ahead of a planned concert in the country but cabin crew on the British Airways flight became concerned when they allegedly found the star slumped in the aircraft’s lavatory, reports

He was believed to be intoxicated and was returned to his seat, but flight staff alerted police when a hypodermic needle was later found on the plane.

Doherty, who has been battling addictions to heroin and crack cocaine for more than five years, was arrested and questioned by police when the plane touched down at Geneva airport.

The “Babyshambles” band member was charged with an unspecified offence and handed a fine before being released later that day. He went on to perform as scheduled at the Neuchatel Open Air Festival.

“We were contacted by the captain of a BA flight and a passenger was controlled by the police. He was charged but I cannot say with what. He paid a fine and was allowed to go,” said a Geneva police spokesperson.

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