February 3, 2014 1:15 am -

lil-zaThe Bieb isn’t the only person in trouble with the law in the wake of a vandalism incident two weeks ago. But you do have to wonder if his BFF is “taking one for the team.”

Justin Bieber’s live-in friend Lil Za has been charged with felony possession of Ecstasy and oxycodone, stemming from his January arrest after a police raid at the “Baby” singer’s home.

The aspiring rapper, 20, whose real name is Xavier Smith, has also been charged with a felony for breaking a jail phone while in police custody, TMZ reports. If convicted on all counts, Lil Za could face up to nine years in jail.

Los Angeles police served a search warrant at Bieber’s mansion on Jan. 14 related to an alleged egg assault on the pop star’s neighbor’s house.

Lil Za had Ecstasy, which police originally thought to be cocaine, “in plain view” of the deputies that conducted the raid. Police said he admitted that the drugs were his, while Bieber came up clean in the search.

Meanwhile Bieber appears to be enjoying the Super Bowl festivities in New York despite his own recent run-ins with the law.

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.