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Police defend Paris' quick release

Paris Hilton's quick release from jail after her arrest on suspicion of cocaine possession has been defended by Las Vegas police, who said they wanted to avoid disruptions in the jail's operations.

The socialite and TV star was out of jail in about three hours, roughly half the average time it takes to process people facing the same charge through the Clark County Detention Centre, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

Metropolitan Police Deputy Chief Jim Dixon, who runs the jail, acknowledged that Paris was pushed through the booking process after her arrest on August 27, to get her into a separate room and out of the jail as soon as possible.

He noted a crowd of about 100 people gathered outside the Wynn Las Vegas resort to snap photos and shoot video of the heiress while her boyfriend, Cy Waits, was pulled over and arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

"Yeah, she was treated differently so I don't have a disruption of my process here at the county jail," Mr Dixon told the Review-Journal. "When you bring somebody in like that, everybody comes over and tries to look at them. I'd have officers attempting to keep inmates away from her. I'd have disruptions."

Because of overcrowding, Paris presented a major problem for jailers, Mr Dixon added.

"She was moved along out of the general area and put in isolation where nobody can actually get to her ... As soon as (her release on her own recognisance) was pushed through, she was kicked out," he said.

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