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Justin Bieber

Photog Claimed Singer

Had Been Smoking Weed

1/2/2013 7:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The photog who was killed taking pics of Justin Bieber's car made a call less than an hour before he died, telling someone he was on a big story -- because he claimed he saw Justin smoking marijuana while driving.

A source connected with the photo agency for whom Chris Guerra did freelance work tells TMZ ... Chris called him at 5:16 Tuesday afternoon.  Chris said, "Man, you won't believe my luck.  It's pretty dead in L.A..  Everybody thinks Justin and Selena are in Mexico, but they're not."

Chris -- who worked exclusively on the Bieber detail -- said he had spotted Justin's car earlier in the day at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills and also saw Selena Gomez's car there.

Chris went on ... claiming he saw Justin earlier in the day smoking what he believed was marijuana from a pipe while driving the Ferrari.

Our source says Chris told him he was following Justin back to the Four Seasons and was continuing to pursue what he believed was a big story.

The source says after 20 minutes, Chris abruptly said the Ferrari was pulling out of the hotel parking lot and he needed to hang up and follow it.  Apparently he had no idea Justin was NOT in the car.

Our source -- who as we said is connected to the photo agency -- believes Chris was probably "overzealous" at the traffic stop because he believed he was on the cusp of an enormous scoop.

Justin's rep tells TMZ, "It's really sad that people are trying to push a story without the facts so soon after this tragic accident. Justin was not present or involved in this incident and the focus should remain on honoring the memory of the victim."

The rep did not directly respond to the marijuana allegation.

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106.

FeefaGaga    

DAMN GET OFF BIEBER CROTCH!! He coolin doing him!!

596 days ago
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cloudsawg    

Haha first paragraph just made me lough so much. Do you all realy believe in this?

595 days ago
108.

Friscobitch    

Just legalize it already. Christ..

595 days ago
109.

Not needed     

TO EVERYONE WHO WORKS OR HAS COLLABERATED WITH TMZ ALL OF YOU ARE IGNORT *******S WHO HAVE NO PROOF OF ANYTHING. Your all full of bull****. Get a real job you dumb ****s

595 days ago
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jessica lola    

big up boy

595 days ago
111.

robbiemarie    

Don't do it try not to for me

593 days ago
112.

J    

THAT WAS THE BIG STORY??? That a 19 year old had smoked herb. Give me a break. Lets get our priorities together.

513 days ago
113.

Sharon-lee    

Justin bieber is acting super douchey!!

274 days ago
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Wattapeesajunk    

I despise jb as much as the next person, but why does everyone still make such a bruhaha when a celebrity smokes cannabis? Its not a big deal anymore guys...well, unless you're a member of the paparazzi or a police officer.

272 days ago
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