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Bieber's private jet searched for drugs

The pop star was briefly held by US customs officials while sniffer dogs searched his private jet.

Justin Bieber was arrested on January 23 on suspicion of driving under the influence, resisting arrest and driving with an expired license. Picture: CNN.

NEW YORK - Justin Bieber was allowed re-entry into the United States yesterday after a brief detention during which US Customs officials used drug-sniffing dogs to search his private jet.

No illegal drugs were found on the plane and no charges were brought, but the young singer and his fellow passengers were questioned for several hours.

The search of the plane was undertaken after US customs officials believed they smelled marijuana on some of Bieber's entourage.

It was not immediately clear how many other passengers were on the plane that touched down at New Jersey's Teterboro Airport.

Earlier on Friday, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office charged a friend of Bieber's with drug possession in connection with a raid last month on the singer's home in Calabasas, California.

Xavier Smith, better known as rapper Lil Za, was charged with possession of MDMA and oxycodone and vandalising the Los Angeles County Sheriff's jail where he was held.

Bieber was arrested last week in Miami Beach on charges of driving under the influence, resisting arrest and driving with an expired license.

The Canadian was also charged on Wednesday with assaulting a limousine driver in Toronto.

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