D.A. working on deal with billionaire charged with drug trafficking

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Henry Nicholas mug shot, LVMPD
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Henry Nicholas mug shot, LVMPD

The preliminary hearing into drug trafficking charges against billionaire Henry Nicholas, the man behind the victims’ rights measure Marsy’s Law, was postponed for the second time Tuesday. 

Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson told the Current the state is in negotiations with attorneys for Nicholas, who was arrested in Las Vegas in August 2018 with Ashley Fargo, the former wife of a descendant of the founders of Wells Fargo. 

Police say large amounts of narcotics, including methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, heroin, pills believed to be ecstasy, and hallucinogenic mushrooms were found in a Las Vegas hotel room belonging to Nicholas and Fargo.

Nicholas and Fargo are free without bond. The two did not appear in court. 

Nicholas, who funds efforts throughout the U.S. to pass Marsy’s Law, has avoided convictions in the past involving allegations of drug use. Prosecutors in a previous case requested the judge drop the charges against Nicholas over charges of prosecutorial misconduct.

In 2007 the Los Angeles Times reported Nicholas told the paper “the allegations of drug use against him were especially absurd because he had been recognized by authorities for his efforts to boost law enforcement.”

Wolfson would not divulge details of the negotiations with Nicholas and Fargo, who are represented by attorneys David Chesnoff and David Brown. 

On an unrelated matter, Wolfson confirmed he’s been approached about other opportunities including judicial seats and a run for Clark County Commission. Wolfson lives in District C, which is represented by third-term Commissioner Larry Brown, who will be out of office in 2020.

“But I have the best job right now,” Wolfson said.

Correction: The original version of this story stated Wolfson was in the first year of his final term.  In Nevada, county-wide officials such as district attorneys and sheriffs are not subject to term limits, the Supreme Court ruled in 2012. 

Dana Gentry
Reporter | Dana Gentry is a native Las Vegan and award-winning investigative journalist. She is a graduate of Bishop Gorman High School and holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Gentry began her career in broadcasting as an intern at Channel 8, KLAS-TV. She later became a reporter at Channel 8, working with Las Vegas TV news legends Bob Stoldal and the late Ned Day. Gentry left her reporting job in 1985 to focus on motherhood. She returned to TV news in 2001 to launch "Face to Face with Jon Ralston" and the weekly business programs In Business Las Vegas and Vegas Inc, which she co-anchored with Jeff Gillan. Dana is the mother of four adult children, three cats, three dogs and a cockatoo.

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