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Bieber friend rapper Lil Za charged with drug possession

Published on Feb 1, 2014 9:20 AM

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - A friend of Justin Bieber's has been charged with drug crimes in connection with a raid on the teen pop star's home this month, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said on Friday.

Xavier Smith, 20, better known as rapper Lil Za, was charged with possession of MDMA and oxycodone and vandalizing the Los Angeles County Sheriff's jail where he was held, said Ricardo Santiago, a spokesman for the district attorney.

Smith was arrested on Jan. 14 during a Sheriff's Department raid on Bieber's home in Calabasas, about 48km north-east of Los Angeles.

If convicted of the three felony charges, Smith faces a maximum penalty of four years and four months in county jail. He is due to be arraigned in Los Angeles on Feb. 4.

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