LOS ANGELES Jan 31 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 30 miles (48
kilometers) northeast 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.
MDMA is better known on the street as ecstasy. Oxycodone is
a prescription painkiller best known under the name OxyContin.
Investigators were searching Bieber's home for evidence in a
vandalism case in which he is accused of pelting his neighbor's
house with eggs when they found a white powder initially thought
to be cocaine, the Sheriff's Department said at the time.
Bieber, 19, was arrested last week in Miami Beach on charges
of driving under the influence, resisting arrest and driving
with an expired license. The Canadian was also charged on
Wednesday with assaulting a limousine driver in Toronto.
(Reporting by Eric Kelsey)