Lil Za could be facing the big house after the Sheriff’s egg raid on Tuesday at Justin Bieber’s California home that netted him a drug charge. The rapper tweeted, “I’m fine” just hours after getting released on bail, but the bust could land him some prison time if prosecutors pursue the case.
— Gunzo (@LilZa) January 15, 2014
Za was arrested on felony drug possession charges on Tuesday morning during a search of the singer’s home for evidence in his alleged egg raid on a neighbor.
According to TMZ, police now think the powder they found at Bieber’s house, which allegedly belonged to Za (born Xavier Smith), might be Molly, a form of the drug Ecstasy, and not cocaine as originally reported. Police also reportedly found some of the anxiety medicine Xanax, which they think belongs to Za as well. Both drugs are being tested and the results could determine what, if any, charges are brought in the case. A spokesperson for the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s station told MTV News on Wednesday (January 15) that it could take up to two weeks for the results to come back on the drugs.
Though possession of either drug could bring a felony charge, it would be up to the district attorney’s office to determine whether to seek jail time in the case; a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office could not be reached for comment at press time.
TMZ also reported that a cocaine rap could land Za up to three years in prison, while Molly possession would bring around a year behind bars. Za, who spent the day at the Lost Hills sheriff’s station, was released on bail after being booked for felony narcotics possession. He was also charged with felony vandalism after he damaged a phone in his holding cell. The budding MC was released late Tuesday night.
At a press conference earlier in the day, a police source confirmed that Bieber was “not connected” to the substance found in his residence. “He was not arrested, nor exonerated at this time,” said Lieutenant Dave Thompson, adding that the investigation is ongoing.
The raid was conducted after Bieber’s neighbor alleged that the pop star caused more than $20,000 in damages after egging his home. Any damage in excess of $400 is considered a felony.
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