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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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Pittsburgh's Finest    

What a dumbass!

1042 days ago

Delaware D    

"It kills your brain cells, son, it kills your brain cells!!"

1042 days ago


dang TMZ you had to go back that far to let us know who this guy is...check into imdb next time.

1042 days ago


Oh wait.. The money in his car was not enough to make a good Christmas for his family.. What an idiot.. And judging by the patches on his face, AIDS?? yuckk

1042 days ago


He got involved in the drug deal to provide a Christmas for his family? They found 100k in his car. Why didn't he just use that to provide the Christmas? Clearly he's lying.

1042 days ago


Lean on me actor...ahahahah.. Damn right.. The police have a "lean" on your life now..

1042 days ago

The Dude    

who the hell still buys street weed?? oh, yea. This was AZ. #CA!

1042 days ago


sam sam sam..get your hollywood buds to help..nate newton did caught twice back to back & belly 2 belly..he served 3 yrs and lost ton of weight..hope it works out for my friend sam

1042 days ago

If sense were common everyone would have it.    

I KNEW that fat weeble was going to get in trouble when he grew up. I told my friend "Watch, he's going to get arrested for stealing a car or something when he grows up." I'd love to see Morgan Freeman kick his fat a** across the schoolyard.

1042 days ago

_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

Dumba55 he should've just headed to Vegas. He could've picked up on the fly.

1042 days ago

Isaac M.    

when he was arrested all he could say was.........
"fair eastside, by thy side we'll stand and always praise thy name praise thy name praise thy name to heaven, yeah lend our hearts and hands to help increase thy fame oh lord the honor yeah, of old eastiside high brings forth our loyalty loyalty loyalty so cheer for dear old eastside high lead on to victory"

1042 days ago


Hopefully he wasnt in Maricopa County... county jail sucks!!!

1042 days ago

Ryan R    

Mr. Clark: "You smoke crack don't ya Sams? You smoke crack don't ya?"
Sams: "No sir its weed."

1042 days ago


Has he learned nothing since Raheem's death... Now he has the juice.

1042 days ago


5 years in prison for weed and Conrad Murray will most likely serve less than half of that...SHAME

1042 days ago
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