Bobbi Kristina’s friend: past drug arrest not connected to medical emergency

A friend in Bobbi Kristina Brown’s home at the time of her medical emergency on Saturday has been arrested in the past on drug charges, but that’s complete coincidence, his attorney said in a statement.

[Full coverage of Bobbi Kristina’s medical emergency]

Maxwell Byron Lomas, 24, of Duluth, faces drug charges from an arrest last month. His attorney issued this statement:

Fulton County Jail

“It is our understanding that Mr. Lomas has cooperated with the authorities investigating what happened involving his dear friend, Bobbi Kristina Brown Mr. Lomas is deeply concerned for Ms. Brown and remains hopeful for her full, complete and swift recovery.

“Mr. Lomas’ widely reported recent arrest is completely unrelated to the incident that occurred at Ms. Brown’s residence and there is absolutely no relationship between the two events. He has pleaded not guilty to those charges.

“Mr. Lomas has not been accused of anything in connection with Bobbi Kristina Brown’s injuries and is a witness in this investigation. Mr. Lomas’ main focus is on Ms. Brown’s full recovery and he continues to pray for her and her entire family throughout this tragedy.”

Fulton County Jail records show that Lomas was arrested on Jan. 14 and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute; possession of Alprazolam (a drug used to treat panic disorders, and anxiety caused by depression); and possession of firearm or knife during commission of or attempt to commit certain felonies.

Brown, 21, was discovered face-down in a bathtub on Saturday and was revived and rushed to the hospital, where she’s been in a medically induced coma to address swelling. In the hours following the incident – which went out as a “drowning” call according to police records, Roswell Police Department spokesperson Lisa Holland said during a news conference that investigators had not found any drugs “out in the open.”

She could not comment on more recent reports that investigators did find drugs during a subsequent, more thorough search.