If Justin Bieber was looking for reason to do some serious soul searching and get on a different path, he got it this morning when the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department showed up to his house with a search warrant. The impulse behind the raid was to find evidence linking the pop star to the recent egging of his neighbor’s house, a crime that did some $20,000 in damage, but once inside the property, law enforcement officials allegedly found something a whole lot more serious: cocaine.
The rules for what is and isn’t admissible during a lawful search are very complicated, but basically, if something is in plain view of the officers, they’re free to seize it and act upon it. That’s reportedly what happened this afternoon, as officers spotted some coke just sitting around.
According to TMZ, the drugs were quickly linked to the Biebs’ longtime associate Lil Za. Bieber’s people recently forced the rapper to move out of the property, but apparently, he’s still around enough to randomly be hanging out on a Tuesday afternoon and to supposedly keep drugs there.
During the search, authorities also dismantled Bieber’s security system and took it with them. Unless the footage was deleted, officers reportedly think it may contain evidence of the egging. Maybe. Maybe not. God only knows what kind of other uncomfortable swaggy nonsense the tapes contain. There are also some whispers about police trying to match the eggs used in the attack to ones at Justin’s house, assumedly by size and brand, but there’s no word yet on whether that’s a pipe dream or a realistic course of action.
Over the next forty-eight hours or so, there will no doubt be a crazy number of conspiracy theories floated about how police found the cocaine or whether it actually belonged to Lil Za. At this point, there’s simply not enough evidence to know for sure what exactly happened inside that house or what has been happening for the past few months. Clearly, his neighbors have suspected something has been wrong for awhile, but at this point, it’s important to note Bieber himself has not been arrested. Furthmore, his behavior has been described as “cooperative” by police on the scene.
We will keep you updated over the next few days. Until then, you can watch Bieber’s video for “Baby” and remember the good old days when he wasn’t associated with cocaine or pissing in buckets.
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