The DUI case against Justin Bieber has some big holes -- but law enforcement sources tell us prosecutors will NOT back down and are confident the case is so strong ... Justin will cop a plea.
TMZ broke the story ... although Miami Beach police claimed Justin reeked of booze ... his blood alcohol level was almost imperceptible -- .014.
Sources connected to the case tell us ... prosecutors say the officer who made the observation is a star witness who is one of the most authoritative people in the area on DUI -- and an unimpeachable witness.
There's another hole in the case. Cops claimed Justin was drag racing, yet we've obtained the GPS read on his car and it actually shows in the middle of the so-called drag race he was going 27 MPH -- UNDER the 30 MPH speed limit.
Our sources say they're not buying the GPS read out and they have their own GPS which they believe will show a higher rate of speed.
Bottom line -- sources connected with the case are confident ... this case will NEVER go to trial because Justin was driving under the influence of marijuana and Xanax. They are virtually certain Justin will take a deal.
FLAGGED By Customs
Because of Criminal Charges
1/31/2014 5:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
We're told Bieber has just been released by Custom's officials ... after 5-hours of heavy grilling.
Justin Bieber was flagged by U.S. Customs officials when he landed in New Jersey this afternoon because he has 2 pending criminal cases ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.
Bieber is still being grilled by Customs people ... after they searched his plane because they allegedly smelled weed. The search turned up nothing.
We're told -- as a result of the Patriot Act -- Customs officials have broad power to flag people coming in from another country when they have an active criminal case or a conviction. Justin currently has an assault case in Canada and a DUI case in Miami Beach.
Sources say Bieber is being "put through the grinder" right now by Customs folks. As one source said, "Once you're flagged it's a grueling process to get in the country."
It's almost certain Justin will eventually be cleared to leave Teterboro Airport because both alleged offenses are minor.
As we first reported ... Justin flew there for the Super Bowl.
Jet Detained Because Of Pot Smell
1/31/2014 12:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
5:45 PM PT We're told Bieber has just been released.
5:03 PM PT -- We were just told Bieber is still being questioned -- and everyone has ordered out for pizza. Cops tell us ... it's gonna be a while.
2:55 PM PT -- TMZ has learned Justin is now being held and questioned by U.S. Customs officials.
12:59 PM PT -- We're told all passengers were released. No drugs were found.
Justin Bieber's private jet touched down outside NYC for the Super Bowl -- and authorities immediately held him for questioning ... because of a strong odor of pot coming from his plane ... TMZ has learned.
We're told ... the plane was stopped after it arrived at Teterboro airport in New Jersey. As we told you ... Justin, his dad and some friends were traveling there for Super Bowl parties.
Sources tell us law enforcement is holding the plane ... because they think there may be marijuana on board. We're told the plane and the passengers are currently being searched ... but so far no pot has been found.
A source close to Bieber tells us, the passengers knew they'd be searched ... since they were flying into the U.S. from Canada.
Story developing ...
Stone Cold Steve Austin
I'm Gonna Kick Bieber's Ass
If He Doesn't Straighten Up
1/31/2014 12:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Stone Cold Steve Austin just threatened to open a can of WHOOP-ASS all over Justin Bieber ... warning the pop star that if he doesn't straighten up, he's gonna catch a Size 13 in his ass.
The former WWE champ was on "The Arsenio Hall Show" last night when he issued the ultimatum -- shape up ... or else.
Stone Cold says he loves kids ... and just wants to make sure Justin gets on the right path before it's too late -- but he thinks an ass-kickin' is the only thing that'll get through to the Biebs.
"Sometimes you just got to keep it simple."
Super Bowl Bound
1/31/2014 11:53 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber isn't letting 3 criminal investigations in 2 countries cramp his style ... he's just gone wheels up -- with the Super Bowl as the final destination ... TMZ has learned.
Bieber chartered a private jet Friday from Canada for the big game on Sunday. He's in the air right now.
We're told Justin's planning to attend some pre-game parties, and he brought along some friends for the ride ... and his dad.
As for the over-under on whether there will be a 4th investigation by the end of the weekend ....
Cop Under Investigation
Attempting to Snap Pic Behind Bars
1/31/2014 6:56 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The Miami Beach PD is investigating its own ... after a female cop tried to take a pic of Justin Bieber behind bars ... TMZ has learned.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... while Justin was in jail last week in Miami Beach -- being processed for DUI and resisting arrest -- a patrol officer showed up and made her way to the area where Bieber was being held.
We're told the officer had no business being in the area ... and had no connection to the arrest.
Our sources say ... a Sgt. noticed her pulling out her cell phone, attempting to take a pic of Bieber. We're told the Sgt. jumped in front of the officer and blocked the shot.
The Sgt. ordered the officer out of the area and she left.
The Sgt. wrote the officer up for "conduct unbecoming an officer" -- which triggered an internal affairs investigation.
We're told her punishment could range from an admonition to termination.
GPS Records Show NO DRAG RACING
1/31/2014 6:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
TMZ has obtained GPS records from the rented Lambo Justin Bieber was driving when he was arrested for DUI ... and there is NO evidence of drag racing.
TMZ broke the story ... Miami Beach cops claimed they noticed Bieber and his buddy Khalil (who drove a red Ferrari) drag racing and that's why they were stopped. Cops claimed they were going between 55 and 60 MPH.
But the GPS on Justin's car records speed when the car accelerates quickly. Take a look at the read-out. At 4:07 AM Justin left the club and zoomed away ... reaching a maximum speed of 44 MPH. Two minutes later the GPS registered at a max speed of 27 MPH.
Here's why the read-out is so significant. Cops claim they noticed the drag race on the 2600 block of Pine Tree Drive. Bieber came to a stop and was then arrested on the 4100 block. The 27 MPH read out is on the 3700 block ... smack in the middle of the supposed drag race. Mind you ... 27 MPH is UNDER the 30 MPH speed limit.
If Justin had been racing ... the GPS would have recorded a higher speed. Yet the maximum speed on Pine Tree was 27 MPH.
Now check this out. The cops say 2 Escalades were stopped on Pine Tree to block traffic so Bieber and his buddy could drag race. We obtained the GPS for one of the Escalades (below) which shows at 2:35 AM the SUV stopped -- and that's when Bieber's dad (who was in the Escalade) went inside the nightclub with his son. They were there for 1.2 hours.
At 4:06 AM the Escalade started rolling and it didn't stop again until Bieber was pulled over. So it never stopped to accommodate a so-called drag race.
This could present huge problems for prosecutors, because if the pretext of stopping Bieber's car proves false, it could derail the case. Which is probably why TMZ's videos of Justin's cars were subpoenaed. Problem is ... the videos don't show drag racing either.
Senator Marco Rubio
Bieber's in Big Trouble
1/31/2014 5:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Senator Marco Rubio has got big fish to fry ... nonetheless, he's kinda worried about Justin Bieber.
Rubio stopped in the Dirksen Senate Office Bldg in Washington D.C. to chew the fat with us ... and the father of 4 has a clear view that the Biebs is in trouble and needs help.
No fuzzy thinking on the subject of Justin Bieber ... Rubio thinks if Justin doesn't get help he's goin' down.
Justin Bieber DUI
He Was High on Weed and Pills
... Toxicology Report Shows
1/30/2014 9:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The Justin Bieber toxicology report from his DUI arrest in Miami Beach is in ... and it shows he tested positive for marijuana and prescription medication, TMZ has learned.
According to the report -- obtained by TMZ -- Justin's urine was tested right after he was busted for driving under the influence on January 23 ... and it shows there was THC and Alprazolam in his system.
FYI -- Alprazolam is the key ingredient in Xanax (prescription anti-anxiety medication).
The report also shows Justin tested NEGATIVE for cocaine, opiates, meth and other drugs.
The report is consistent with the police report where cops say he told them his mom had provided him with prescription pills.
As for the weed, Justin also told cops he had been smoking pot in his recording studio all night long.
Bieber has pled not guilty to the charges.
Cops Say He Was a
Cocky Little Bitch
1/30/2014 6:54 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber was "excited, talkative, insulting, cocky" and profane when he was arrested in Miami Beach last week ... this according to official police documents.
According to the docs, a cop at the scene claimed Bieber "reeked of marijuana." Cops say Bieber's reaction was this ... "Yeah, we were smoking all night at the studio."
The officer claims Bieber was initially open to taking a "breath test" but then had a change of heart, asking the cop what would happen to his license if he refused the test.
The cops say Justin was out of it and couldn't follow basic instructions on how to provide the breath sample. The docs say "he had extreme difficulty providing a continuous breath."
The report also says Bieber wasn't blowing into the tube properly and cops thought he was deliberately undermining the test. Bieber then became "agitated" and told the officer he was "blowing into the hose like he blows into his trumpet."
Cops say he admitted he took medications for anxiety, saying "My mom takes care of all that stuff for me."
As TMZ first reported, the docs say Bieber blew a .014, which is barely perceptible.
And cops say he flunked the field sobriety test miserably -- his balance was off, he would sway, he couldn't smoothly follow a moving object and couldn't do the finger to nose test with his eyes shut.
Sluttiest Car in the Southeast
Everyone Wants a Ride
1/30/2014 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The rented Lambo Justin Bieber was driving before his DUI arrest is now practically a celebrity itself -- in fact, so famous ... it's become a Holy Grail for Bieber fanatics and modeling shoots.
Good example ... here's 24-year-old Miami smokeshow Madison Murray rubbing her ass on the car at a showroom on Tuesday.
Sure, it's a yellow Lambo -- who wouldn't want to pose beside it -- but sources tell us, Justin's car has made such a reputation for itself this month ... local models are practically clawing at each other to get a photo op.
And it's not just models ... a source at Miami's Lou La Vie exotic car rental -- which owns the whip -- tells us, the company's been inundated with calls from crazy Bieber fans too ... asking to rent it just for a day to take photos at the DUI arrest site.
It ain't cheap though ... the car rents for $1,500-$1,700 a day, depending on how many days you rent it for. So far, it's already booked through this weekend.
Get in line, Beliebers.
FIGHTS Miami Beach Charges
Pleads NOT GUILTY
1/29/2014 3:40 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber will FIGHT charges in Miami Beach that he resisted arrest, was driving under the influence and driving with an expired license ... he has pled not guilty.
In Miami Beach, being arrested for a misdemeanor is equivalent to being charged. Justin's arraignment is scheduled for Valentine's Day, but his lawyer, Mark Shapiro, has entered a written not guilty plea.
Bieber will still be arraigned but is not required to be present in court.
Law enforcement sources tell us ... they could still add charges before the arraignment.
TMZ broke the story ... prosecutors are going to have problems because Justin's blood alcohol level was imperceptible -- .014 -- yet they claim he reeked of booze. Cops also say he was drag racing yet the GPS readout shows he was not.
As we reported ... Justin will be charged in Toronto with assaulting a limo driver. And he's also being investigated for egging his neighbor's house, and that could be filed as a felony.
Justin Bieber -- keeping lawyers gainfully employed.
Deportation Petition Goes To White House
1/29/2014 8:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber may be moving sooner -- and way farther -- than he planned .. because THE WHITE HOUSE will now consider whether Bieber's ass gets deported back to Canada.
The Biebs' lawless streak is now on Pres. Obama's agenda ... 'cause tens of thousands of fed-up Americans have signed an online petition on the OFFICIAL White House website ...demanding Biebs be deported and his green card revoked.
And here's the thing -- the White House has PROMISED to review any petition that gathers more than 100,000 signatures within 30 days ... the Bieber petition already has more than 102K in just 6 days.
The petition calls JB a dangerous and reckless drug abuser who is "not only threatening the safety of our people but he is also a terrible influence on our nation's youth."
Here's the thing -- none of Bieber's alleged crimes would get him deported under current immigration law. So this is an extreme long shot at best.
Your move, Obama.
Fun Fact : Angry Americans tried to get Piers Morgan deported in 2012 with a similar petition. He's still here.