Justin Bieber may not have been charged during the raid on his home on Jan. 14, but his friend Lil’ Za was reportedly charged with possession of felony narcotics!
Lil’ Za was at Justin Bieber‘s home when the police arrived with a search warrant to look for any evidence that connected Justin to the egging of his neighbor’s house last week. While Justin was detained in his garage and cooperative with authorities, his friend was handcuffed and arrested on felony narcotics possession. Police initially believed the drugs they found to be cocaine but now think it might be an entirely different substance.
Lil Za Arrest: Justin Bieber’s Friend May Not Have Been Holding Cocaine
UPDATE: Police now believe that the powdered substance that allegedly belonged to Lil Za is not cocaine, but Molly, a form of Ecstasy, according to a new report from TMZ. Officials tell the site they are testing the drug now and will have results soon.
Police also discovered Xanex in Justin’s home, which they believe also belonged to Lil Za. If the drugs are not cocaine, Lil Za will be facing much less jail time. “Cocaine could land him in prison for 3 years, but punishment for MDMA is much less, about 1 year,” TMZ reports.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept. Public Information Officer Sergeant Carmen Arballo tells HollywoodLife.com: “We never make a determination at the time of the arrest what the drug is. We can use the word “resembling,” but that’s it. It will be determined by the end of the week, what drug or drugs were found at Justin Bieber’s home during the investigation.”
Lil Za Arrested At Justin Bieber’s Home
During a press conference, Detective Dave Thompson told reporters that Justin’s friend was arrested for narcotics that he “believed to be cocaine,” and that the drugs were in “plain view of the deputies when they were looking for other evidence.”
The police were at Justin’s house — the 5000 block of Prado del Grandioso inside gated community, Oaks of Calabasas — to search for any evidence that could connect Justin to the egging of his neighbor’s house. The neighbor claims that the incident caused $20,000 worth of damage — which would result in felony charges.
It is not yet reported how much alleged cocaine Lil’ Za had in his possession. While the officers were not initially searching Justin’s house for drugs, anything illegal found during the search could still be taken, and used as evidence of a crime.
“As long as the Search Warrant is valid, and the Deputies are lawfully on his property, any illegal items or contraband they find during the search can be seized from the premises,” criminal defense attorney, James E. Silverstein told HollywoodLife.com exclusively. “Any such item(s) can then subject Bieber to criminal prosecution, even if unrelated to the initial reasons for [the] search.”
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Are you surprised Lil’ Za was arrested?
— Emily Longeretta