Bruno Mars Arrested: Hard Rock Vegas Drug Bust

Singer and song writer Bruno Mars, whose real name Peter Hernandez, was arrested in Las Vegas yesterday for suspicion of drug possession.

At 2:40 a.m. on Sunday morning, 23-year-old Bruno was caught in a restroom with a baggy of white powder that later tested positive for cocaine.  The bathroom attendant summoned security personnel at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, who in turn summoned  police.

Mars told officers that it was the first time he had ever used drugs.  He was taken to Clark County Detention Center and was booked for possession of narcotics.  He is smiling broadly in his booking photo - check it out below.

Sources say that the singer, who performed at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Saturday night, was released Sunday afternoon and headed to Dallas for another scheduled gig.

Paris Hilton copped a plea in her Vegas cocaine bust.

Bruno's debut album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, will release on October 5, 2010.

Check out Bruno's new mugshot and view his lead single Just the Way You Are video below:

bruno mars booking photo september 19 2010 las vegas

Photo Credit: Zuma Press