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'Lean On Me' Actor Arrested

for Buying 200 POUNDS of Weed

12/15/2011 3:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Jermaine Hopkins Mug Shot
The guy who starred as troubled youth Thomas Sams in the 1989 classic "Lean On Me" was arrested in Arizona for allegedly buying 200 pounds of pot from an undercover cop this week.

Jermaine "Huggy" Hopkins has been charged with two felony counts of possessing, transporting and trying to sell marijuana.

According to police, the 38-year-old actor lives in North Carolina ... but traveled to AZ to make the drug deal on Tuesday.

Cops in Maricopa County say they set up the sting operation ... and after Hopkins took possession of the dope, they pulled over his SUV and arrested him. Cops say they found $100k in cash in the ride.

Officials later searched Hopkins' Arizona apartment and claim they found an additional 100 pounds of weed.

Police say Hopkins told them he got involved in the drug deal to provide a nice Christmas for his family.

Hopkins is being held on $35,000 bond. If convicted, he faces up to 5 years in prison.


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Couldn't he give his family a "nice" christmas with the $100,000 found in the car?

1043 days ago


He wanted to make a nice Christmas for his family....maybe should you have thought that through a little better? I'm sure this will the best Christmas ever!!

1043 days ago


Geez. Looks like if you poked his cheek with a pin, his whole face and head might explode. Not a healthy man.

1043 days ago


200 ponds of weed! Damn. Merry Christmas!

1043 days ago


Geez guys, it was just for PERSONAL use, LOL.

1043 days ago


Dude, haven't you learned anything about illegal drugs from the movie you star in "LEAN ON ME!"? Geez! Who do you think you are snoop dog?

Instead of giving your family a nice Christmas, you gave them a sad one, because you might not be home for Christmas and if unlucky in court, you may not be home for 5 more Christmas'es to come. What is wrong with all these celebrities and ex celebs?

1043 days ago


I love irony.

1043 days ago


Missed it the first time around, ANOTHER 100 pounds at his home, I just KNOW it was for personal use now, NOT. LOL

1043 days ago


He should have jumped.

1043 days ago

northern gypsy    

well...north carolina is going to be "dry" for awhile !!!
i'm sure there's a few folks that wouldn't mind lighting one up after decorating the x-mas tree...

1043 days ago


I think the man was crying some before this shot. He's wanting a hug.

1043 days ago


Which provides a worse Christmas for your family, homeboy: (1) Buying a few gifts with the money you earned legally, or (2) Calling from a federal prison and telling them you won't be home this Christmas and probably several others as well as birthdays?

1043 days ago


Oh sure everybody goes from not being a dealer to having 300lbs of weed just to make money for the holidays. Makes total sense, they should totally let him go...

1043 days ago

Joseph Diehl    

Yeah this will be a chritmas they will never forget. Stupid fat ****

1043 days ago


"You smoke crack don't ya? You know what smoking crack does? It kills your brain cells..."

1043 days ago
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