Broadcom founder charged with drug offences


Broadcom founder charged with drug offences

Cliff Saran

The co-founder and former chief financial officer of wireless chip manufacturer Broadcom have been charged with selling drugs.

The US Department of Justice said that over a nine-year period, Henry T. Nicholas III, a co-founder and former chief executive officer of Broadcom maintained "drug-involved premises".

It lists homes in Laguna Hills and Newport Coast, a warehouse in Laguna Niguel and a condominium in Las Vegas. The indictment alleges that Nicholas obtained and distributed ecstasy, cocaine and methamphetamine at these premises.

The indictment alleges that Nicholas used ecstasy to spike drinks at parties, and supplied prostitutes and escorts he had hired with controlled substances.

In one incident of drug distribution alleged in the indictment, Nicholas and others smoked extensive amounts of marijuana during a flight on a private plane between Orange County and Las Vegas. The indictment alleges this caused marijuana smoke to enter the cockpit, requiring the pilot to put on an oxygen mask.

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