Vikram Chatwal Arrested for Drug Possession and Trafficking
The owner of New York's Dream Hotel was busted for coke, heroin and prescription drugs in Florida
Hotel owner Vikram Chatwal was arrested at Florida’s Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport Tuesday after trying to get on a plane with a large stash of drugs.
Chatwal, 41, owns New York City’s Dream Hotel, a popular spot with celebrities.
According to the police report, the Transportation Security Administration discovered the drugs hidden on his person and in his bag. He was booked on one count of trafficking (six grams of heroin) and seven counts of possession for cocaine, heroin, marijuana and various other drugs.
A search of his carry-on bag revealed several different types of loose white pills that appeared to be controlled substances.
While attempting to identify the white pills, the TSA found a small piece of white plastic wrap in the hotel owner’s jacket pocket that tested positive for cocaine. Chatwal was then arrested by Broward County Sheriff’s Office.
A further search found a clear bag containing about six grams of heroin hidden in the crotch of Chatwal’s pants. Also found: Buprenorphine (an opioid), Xanax, muscle relaxants, sedatives and ketamine (a type of horse tranquilizer).
The report states that Chatwal did not have prescriptions for any of these drugs.
“The arrestee provided a statement to narcotics detectives admitting possessing and purchasing the controlled substances illegally,” wrote Officer Carmen Hunsinger in his report.
TMZ was the first to report the story.