It’s admirable when a father stands by his son, but Jeremy Bieber may want to reconsider his priorities the next time he takes a plane trip with his pop star progeny.
According to a new CNN report citing a law enforcement source, both Justin Bieber and his father allegedly ignored a pilot’s demand that they stop smoking marijuana on board last week’s flight from Toronto to New Jersey.
As the whole world now knows, the same private jet was detained at New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport for several hours while the plane was searched and Bieber the younger was questioned by federal officials.
According to the law enforcement official speaking to CNN, who asked not to be identified, the marijuana smoke in the plane’s cabin was so strong that pilots and members of the flight crew donned oxygen masks out of concern they would test positive for drug use.
The same official also claims the pilots repeatedly asked Bieber, his father and members of their group to stop smoking marijuana during the approximately 90-minute flight.
In addition, the pilot says both the pop star and his father were verbally abusive to the flight crew, which prompted the pilot to request the flight attendant stay close to the cockpit in order to avoid contact with them.
After spending several hours on the Teterboro runway, Bieber and his entourage of 10 people were eventually granted entry into the U.S.
According to reports, drug-sniffing dogs were employed during the search, which involved agents from Customs and Border Protection, the Drug Enforcement Administration and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
And while no illegal substances were discovered, the plane allegedly smelt like Willie Nelson’s tour bus.
Currently, Bieber remains a Canadian citizen residing in the U.S. on a work visa. He was questioned at Teterboro for several hours by border agents, which is a common practice to ensure individuals entering the country are in full compliance with U.S. law.
When contacted by CNN, a Customs and Border Protection spokesperson declined comment, citing privacy requirements. Bieber’s rep, Matthew Hiltzik, also declined to comment.
Whatever transpires, it’s not likely to make Bieber’s next attempt to enter the U.S. any easier.