Police seize drugs from Bieber's mansion
DETECTIVES searching pop singer Justin Bieber's Los Angeles mansion over an egg-throwing attack seized illegal drugs and arrested one of the singer's associates on Tuesday, officials said.
Los Angeles Sheriff's Department officer Dave Thompson said an individual was arrested after the drugs were discovered in "plain view" as deputies combed through Bieber's luxury home in the upmarket enclave of Calabasas.
Around a dozen detectives swooped on the 19-year-old star's home early on Tuesday, probing allegations that the Canadian teen idol was responsible for causing thousands of dollars in damage to a neighbour's house after pelting it with eggs.
Mr Thompson said an investigation into a "felony crime" was ongoing, with the neighbour claiming that as much as US$20,000 (about S$25,000) in damage was caused.
On the narcotics arrest, he said initially that the drugs found on the premises were cocaine, but his department later backtracked on that statement.
"Nothing is confirmed," another spokesman for the sheriff's department, Sergeant Carmen Arballo, said.
"They're a controlled substance, but we don't know if they are cocaine. We won't know until they've gone to a lab and been tested."
Another spokesman told The Los Angeles Times they could be a form of Ecstasy.
Celebrity-news website TMZ, which generally has solid sources, said the man arrested was rapper Lil Za, one of Bieber's close friends.
Bieber, who was in the home during the raid, had been neither "arrested nor exonerated" in connection with the vandalism case, Mr Thompson said.
He added that the pop star was "not connected" to the drug seizure, beyond the fact that "the gentleman was staying at his residence".
Officials, however, dismissed suggestions that the nature of the alleged vandalism was trivial.
"I get that the eggs don't seem that significant, but it does rise to the level of a felony," Mr Thompson said.