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Vikram Chatwal, New York Hotel Manager, Arrested in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for Drug Trafficking

Vikram Chatwal, a famous New York hotel manager, was arrested in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Tuesday after airport security found numerous drugs in his possession, news sources report. The arrest occurred at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, sources say. Chatwal, 41, was booked into the Broward County Main Jail on eight unspecified drug charges and a felony charge of trafficking heroin. He was later released on an unspecified bail bond. Reports did not specify an attorney for Chatwal.

According to reports, Chatwal owns the renowned Dream Hotels, which are based out of South Beach and New York. Chatwal’s father is the founder of Hampshire Hotels and Resorts. The younger Chatwal made headlines in January when he was spotted shopping with Lindsey Lohan; rumor mills later claimed that the two might be dating.

In 2010, Chatwal checked into rehab in Mumbai for alcohol abuse, reports say. Following this recent arrest, a contact of Chatwal told reporters that, “[Chatwal] needs to get himself into rehab … He has a real substance abuse problem.”

The incident occurred at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport as Chatwal was attempting to board a flight. A behavior detection team flagged Chatwal down at the Terminal 3 checkpoint. TSA agents moved Chatwal to a secluded area and searched his pockets. According to reports, the agents found a bag of cocaine in Chatwal’s jacket and placed him under arrest.

The TSA continued their search and found another bag containing 6 grams of heroin, 3.5 grams of marijuana, and a half-gram of ketamine. Inside Chatwal’s travel bag, TSA agents allegedly discovered 16 prescription pills, including Xanax and Lorazepam. Chatwal did not have a prescription for the drugs. “[Chatwal] provided a post-Miranda statement to narcotics detectives wherein he admitted possessing and purchasing the [narcotics] illegally,” a police report says.

In other news, Steven Wesley Topps of Palm Beach Gardens was arrested after he was accused of stalking a woman and asking her for sex, reports say. Topps, 28, was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on charges of aggravated stalking. He is being held without bail. It is unclear whether Topps has hired legal representation.

According to reports, the incident occurred after the 23-year-old victim exited a bus at the corner of Military Trail and Forest Hill Boulevard. Topps reportedly exited the bus at the same time and began following the victim. Topps allegedly followed the victim through a shopping plaza and continued to follow her even after she told him to stop.

The victim went into a Rent-A-Center on Forest Hill Boulevard and called the cops, reports say. Topps walked into the store shortly after and continued to follow the victim around. The victim went to the store clerk and retreated behind the service counter; Topps followed. The victim asked, “Why are you following me?” and Topps allegedly said, “I want to have sex with you.”

The store’s manager allowed the victim to sit in his office while she waited for the police to arrive. According to reports, Topps tried to steal a laptop without success before fleeing the store. Police later found Topps at the shopping plaza and placed him under arrest.

Sources: 4.7.13 Chatwal Durg Trafficking.pdf, 4.7.13 Topps Stalking.pdf.

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