Pete Doherty is arrested in Paris for 'buying cocaine' 

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Pete Doherty is arrested in seedy Paris district for 'buying cocaine in the street' at 3am Doherty was allegedly drunk and in possession of cocaine when he was arrested Paris investigators said he had been placed under formal criminal investigation  Witnesses said he was arrested in Pigalle, an area known for its late-night bars

By Peter Allen In Paris for MailOnline

Published: 09:50 GMT, 8 November 2019 | Updated: 21:59 GMT, 8 November 2019

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British pop star Pete Doherty was today arrested in Paris during an alleged street drug deal witnessed by police.

The 40-year-old Libertines singer was said to be drunk and in possession of cocaine when approached by officers at around 3am on Friday.

He was arrested in the Pigalle district, an area known for its late-night bars.  

'The suspect was arrested in the Pigalle district, and was carrying two grams of cocaine,' said an investigating source.

'The allegation is that he was involved in an illegal street transaction at the time. He was drunk, and did not comply with the police to begin with, but was eventually taken to a police car.'

Suspect: British pop star Pete Doherty (pictured in Paris in 2017) was today arrested in the French capital during an alleged street drug deal witnessed by police

Suspect: British pop star Pete Doherty (pictured in Paris in 2017) was today arrested in the French capital during an alleged street drug deal witnessed by police

Doherty was taken into custody in central Paris and then placed under formal criminal investigation, said the source. 

The source said Doherty was suspected of being 'under the influence of

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