Justin Bieber’s BFF Faces 9 Years in Prison

By: Gabrielle Chung / January 31, 2014

Justin Bieber's pal defends the troubled singer.
It’s not been a good week for Justin Bieber and his entourage.

While the Canadian pop star has been slapped with criminal assault charges back in his home country, his BFF Lil Za has been charged with three felonies, Celebuzz can confirm.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney has charged the aspiring rapper with two counts of felony possession of a controlled substance — ecstasy and Oxycodone — following the police raid at Bieber’s mansion earlier this month. Za has also been charged with one felony for breaking a phone while he was detained at a local precinct.

Each count holds up to three years of prison time as punishment, meaning Za could be facing nine years behind bars. He’ll be arraigned Feb. 4.

Since his run-in with the cops, Lil Za blamed blatant racism and the media for dragging his name through the mud. Though he scoffed at claims of cocaine use, a source close to his case told us that Za was arrested because he was the only one who admitted that the drugs found in Bieber’s house were his.

He was pretty angry throughout the whole process,” the source said. “But he was one of six or seven male black Americans [at Bieber’s Calabasas house] and no one else went to jail except for the one who admitted the drugs were his. That tells you something.”