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.
"The suspect was arrested in the Pigalle district, and was carrying two grammes 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."
Doherty was taken into custody in central Paris and then placed under formal criminal investigation, said the source.
There were witnesses to the arrest in Pigalle – an area full of sex clubs – and many passers-by shot videos of what happened.
Doherty, the ex-boyfriend of supermodel Kate Moss, has convictions for drug offences, and also for theft and driving without a licence.
In the past, he has pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine, heroin, cannabis and ketamine.
Since moving to Margate, Kent, in 2017 Doherty has been arrested by the police on a number of occasions.
In January this year he was held for 48 hours and questioned. Charges of drug possession and driving related offences were later dropped.
Pete is currently on tour with The Libertines and most recently performed in Berlin on November 5.
The next stop on the tour is on November 17 in Luxembourg City, followed by Brussels and two stops in Utrecht.
Then, in December the band returns to the UK for a number of shows up and down the country.
They kick off with a date in Bournemouth on December 3, visit cities such as Leeds, Glasgow, Manchester and Bristol, before ending in London on December 18.
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