Justin Bieber’s friend, Lil Za, who was arrested on Tuesday for possession of drugs has reportedly been released.
Lil Za, whose real name is Xavier Dominique Smith, was arrested on Tuesday when police raided Bieber’s mansion in Calabasas, Calif., looking for “video surveillance or other relevant evidence” in the egg-throwing incident. Smith was taken into custody on suspicion of felony drug possession. He was also later charged for damaging a phone at the sheriff’s station.
"He was additionally charged with vandalism while still in lockup," Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lieutenant Michael Williams of the Lost Hills station reportedly said. "He damaged a phone on the wall."
Smith spent the day at the Lost Hills/Malibu Sheriff’s Station but later, Williams reportedly confirmed that he was released.
Lieutenant Dave Thompson confirmed that Bieber was “not connected” to the substance found in his residence. “He was not arrested, nor exonerated at this time,” Thompson said.
According to reports, Thompson originally stated that cocaine was found “in plain view of the deputies,” but later said that the substance need to be tested before it could be identified as an illegal drug.
“You have to analyze any evidence to see what comes forward,” Steve Whitmore, a spokesperson for Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department reportedly said. “It may not be that particular narcotic.” Whitmore also added that he was “fairly certain it’s a controlled substance,” and that it could be MDMA, widely known as “ecstasy.”
Bieber’s neighbor alleged that the pop star caused more than $20,000 in damages after egging his home last week.
Thompson reportedly said: "It's a felony crime; I get that it was done with eggs, which makes you feel that it's a lower-level crime, but a felony crime is a felony crime, no matter how you commit it."
"This crime rose to the felony section, and a judge signed a search warrant saying we should go get evidence related to the felony crime," he added, as any damage in excess of $400 is considered a felony.
Suman Varandani works as a Correspondent for the International Business Times, where she covers Entertainment, Lifestyle, Media & Culture and other trending topics.