McGowan, 44, was booked at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on a charge of possession of a controlled substance sought by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police.
Officers have said that evidence of cocaine was found, and that police had tried to contact McGowan in order for the actress to appear at a court in Virginia.
She immediately took to Instagram to denounce the freeze: "TWITTER HAS SUSPENDED ME".
"She arrived in Washington, D.C.at Dulles airport on a flight on January 20, 2017 and she left behind a personal item that was later picked up and reported to our police department by our employees".
Rose McGowan, one of the most vocal accusers of disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein, has been arrested for cocaine possession. In October, the actress alleged that Weinstein raped her.
McGowan and her attorney, Jim Hundley, are arguing that the drugs could have been planted according to a memorandum to the Virginia Commonwealth's Attorney asking that the charges be dismissed, cited by The New Yorker.
"I had it (the purse) in the side pocket of my backpack, and I left it on my seat as I went to the bathroom".
"I was going to ASAP", McGowan told The New Yorker, "but then things started to get really weird". I've been maligned. And you know what?
McGowan, who posted $5,000 bail after her arrest, is set to be arraigned Thursday. The warrant was issued in February, but as she told Ronan Farrow of The New Yorker, she believed at the time it might be part of an effort by Harvey Weinstein to discredit her, and was afraid to respond. There is a warrant out for my arrest in Virginia. She joined the chorus of voices that followed an NYT investigation that included stories about Weinstein from Ashley Judd and other women.