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AUTHOR: Emily Blake, MTV.com

Lil Za, who was arrested at Justin Bieber‘s home on Tuesday morning (January 14) on felony narcotics possession, has been released from jail on bail, MTV News has confirmed.

Lil Za, whose real name is Xavier Smith, spent the day at the Lost Hills/ Malibu Sheriff’s Station after officers found drugs — either cocaine or Molly, a form of ecstasy — “in plain view” in Bieber’s Calabasas homewhile searching for evidence in an alleged egging of a neighbor’s home.

Smith was booked for a felony narcotics possession, but Lieutenant Michael Williams confirmed that he was also charged with felony vandalism after he damaged — “not destroyed,” he clarified — a phone in his holding cell. Williams could not confirm the final bail, but the vandalism charge increased his initial bail by $50,000.

Williams confirmed that Smith was released on bail late Tuesday night, but did not have any updates on whether the substances found were cocaine or MDMA.

At a press conference earlier in the day,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,” he said, but maintained that the investigation is ongoing.

The raid was conducted after Bieber’s neighbor alleged that the pop star cause more than $20,000 in damages after egging his home. Any damage in excess of $400 is considered a felony.

“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,” he said. “and 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.”

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