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Bieber's Pal Lil Za Faces New Charges

January 15, 2014

A member of Justin Bieber's entourage who was arrested earlier today for felony narcotics possession during a search of the pop singer's Calabasas home is now facing a vandalism charge for allegedly intentionally smashing a jailhouse phone.

Bieber pal Lil Za --real name Xavier Smith --was arrested by deputies mid-morning for possession of what detectives initially thought was cocaine but later speculated could be Molly, a form of ecstasy, or Xanax. He was taken to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Malibu/Lost Hills station and held in lieu of $20,000 bail.

While in custody, Smith allegedly damaged and broke the phone.

"What happened is he was in our holding cell, and that has a phone in it, and he broke it --he physically damaged it -- so we're adding a vandalism charge," said Lt. Michael Williams.

Williams said Smith could still post bail tonight on both charges.

Smith was arrested during an early-morning search of Bieber's house by deputies armed with a felony search warrant to look for video surveillance and anything else that might tie the 19-year-old singer to an egging of his next-door neighbor's house last week. Detectives are investigating the incident as a felony vandalism case and estimate the damage to the neighbor's house is roughly $20,000.

Smith's drug arrest was separate from the vandalism investigation.

Bieber was not arrested during the search, but the investigation is on-going.


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Original headline: Justin Bieber pal Lil Za faces new charges after breaking jail phone while in custody

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