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Monday 28 July 2014

Customs officials search Bieber's jet for drugs

Peter Foster Washington

Published 02/02/2014|02:30

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Law enforcement officers leave a plane belonging to Justin Bieber that was detained at Teterboro Airport in Teterboro, New Jersey, January 31, 2014. Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber was allowed re-entry into the United States on Friday after a brief detention during which U.S. Customs officials used drug-sniffing dogs to search his private jet, according to a U.S. law enforcement source briefed on the incident. Picture taken January 31, 2014.   REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton  (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW ENTERTAINMENT)
Law enforcement officers leave a plane belonging to Justin Bieber that was detained at Teterboro Airport in Teterboro, New Jersey

JUSTIN Bieber, the pop star who has had a string of run-ins with authorities in recent weeks, had yet another brush with the law when his private jet was searched for marijuana by American customs officials.

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Bieber, 19, had landed in New Jersey, as he returned from his native Canada, where he had appeared in court last week. He was facing charges of criminal assault, which he denies.

Prosecutors in Los Angeles have charged Mr Bieber's friend Xavier Smith, 20, better known as Lil Za, with drug possession after detectives said they found him with ecstasy and a prescription painkiller in a search of the singer's California mansion last month.

Bieber is also facing a series of charges in Miami Beach, where he was arrested on January 23 after allegedly closing off a road to have a drag race with a friend in his hired yellow Lamborghini sports car.

He was arrested on charges of driving under the influence, resisting arrest and driving with an expired license. A toxicology report also showed he had marijuana and the anti-anxiety drug Xanax in his system.

US officials said yesterday that Mr Bieber's jet was searched on Friday night by sniffer dogs after officers believed they could smell marijuana on the passengers. However, nothing was found and Mr Bieber and his entourage were allowed to go after several hours of questioning.

The incident garnered yet more headlines for the young singer, who has sold more 13 million albums since bursting onto the scene in 2010 as a 15-year-old with My World, a multi-platinum album that launched a career that has already earned him an estimated of $160m (€118m).

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