In the wake of questions being raised if Trayvon Martin was actually carrying the ingredients of "Purple Drank," the same questions are being raised of pop-star Justin Bieber, as reported by both the Toronto Star and the New York Daily News on Jan. 20, 2014.
As LA County Sheriff's Deputies executed a search warrant of Bieber's mansion, two large cookie jars packed full of marijuana were in plain sight and seen by at least dozen detectives.
Also out for all to see were four or five empty codeine bottles and empty soft drink bottles, reportedly stained from the mixing of the two.
Unfortunately for fans of the rule of law, no arrests were made regarding the illegal substances due to the specifics of the search warrant were only applicable to seizing "surveillance equipment and other evidence that could tie him to a recent egging of his neighbor’s mansion – not drugs."
The highly addictive and intoxicating concoction of codeine, any given soft drink, and candy thrown in for flavor was first brought to the attention of the general public during George Zimmerman's murder trial last summer by Central Florida News 13 and the pop culture news portal RashManly.com.
Known by many names, such as "Purple Drank," "Lean," "Texas Tea" or "Sizzurp," codeine is mixed with any number of soft drinks and either Skittles or Jolly Rancher candy for added sweetness.
As cited by the Urban Dictionary, Purple Drank is popular among Southern Rappers and "wannabe suburban teenagers."
During the course of George Zimmerman's trial in the death of Trayvon Martin, State Prosecutor John Guy made it official when he identified to the jury Martin's personal possessions found on his body by police, to include an "unopened bag of Skittles" as well as a "full can of watermelon-flavored drink."