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Rapper arrested on cocaine charge as police search Bieber's mansion


Justin Bieber. Photo: AP

Justin Bieber. Photo: AP

Justin Bieber. Photo: AP

DETECTIVES have searched Justin Bieber's home looking for surveillance footage that might serve as evidence the pop star was involved in an egg-tossing vandalism case that allegedly caused thousands of dollars of damage to a neighbour's home.

Investigators searched the property in Los Angeles and arrested a member of the singer's entourage, rapper Xavier Smith (20), on suspicion of cocaine possession. A police spokesman said that the cocaine was in plain view in Bieber's house when officers arrived.

Jail records show Smith was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail.

Bieber (19) was at home at the time and cooperated with authorities but was not interviewed by detectives. "He has not been arrested, nor has he been exonerated," a spokesman said.

Previous investigations by the sheriff's department into Bieber's conduct have not resulted in charges.

In October, prosecutors declined to charge the singer after a neighbour complained he drove recklessly.

Prosecutors also declined to charge Bieber after a photographer accused him of hitting him in November 2012.