Justin Bieber poses for photos with fans after arriving at Brisbane Airport. Photo: Marc Grimwade/Getty Images
A member of Justin Bieber’s entourage busted with cannabis at Brisbane airport missed his day in court because of commitments with the pop star on the other side of the country.
Terrence Reche Smalls, 23, was with the teen heartthrob in Perth when his lawyer appeared on his behalf at the Brisbane Magistrates Court.
Smalls has been charged with two counts of importing or exporting border controlled drugs.
His lawyer Jeff Hunter QC said the 23-year-old was unable to face the charges in court on Friday as he was touring with the musician.
He said Smalls was in Perth after spending the night in Adelaide.
‘‘My client intends to leave Australia on Sunday,’’ Mr Hunter told the court.
However, the minder may have to return to Australia to face the charges.
Mr Hunter said there had been discussions about whether his client would face the charges in court, but at this stage an appearance was unlikely.
Magistrate Chris Callaghan adjourned the matter to January 24 and issued a warrant for Smalls’ arrest but delayed its execution until then.
It comes after Justin Bieber's foul mouth landed him in hot water with customs officers when the misbehaving pop star visited Brisbane, according to a US entertainment website.
It's been revealed the 19-year-old was briefly detained at Brisbane airport last month when customs officers went to check members of his posse for drugs.
He was warned for using inappropriate language after allegedly swearing at a female officer, and also refused to take off his hat and sunnies, the website TMZ is reporting.
The pop star's visit to Queensland was a shocker for the star, whose bad-boy antics have tarnished his once squeaky clean image.
After one of his Brisbane shows, Bieber and his gang posted photos of themselves spraying graffiti on a wall at the ritzy Gold Coast hotel where they were staying.
The vandalism was welcomed by the hotel as "art" that would be a lasting memento of Bieber's stay. But the local mayor Tom Tate was furious, saying the star should return to Queensland and clean up his mess or perform a free concert.
Bieber's concert tickets were once the hottest property in town but his popularity has been on the slide of late.