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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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46.

T.    

"Don't you get tired of this ****" eat your words now.

989 days ago
47.

jay    

dammit sams

989 days ago
48.

Makinyoulaff    

"Thomas, I don't think you changed a thing! You smoke crack don't cha? Look @ me boy, you smoke crack don't cha? You know what that does to you son... It kills your brains cells... it kills your brain cells! Now when you destroy your brain cells you doing the same thing as killing yourself your just doing it slower! Now I say if you wanna kill yourself don't f**k around with it... go on and kill yourself expeditiously! Now go on and jump Thomas!" -Morgan Freeman a.k.a. Mr. Clark! ...I guess he was smuggling drugs into East Side High! LMAO!

989 days ago
49.

denalist    

A nice christmas for his family? Who's his family, the Trumps?

989 days ago
50.

Valery Fludd-Bracy    

You big dummy! 100k your family already had a nice xmas,you should have came up with something better than that.

989 days ago
51.

HBURTON    

"You're Killing your brain cell's son, You're killing your brain cell's"

989 days ago
52.

TMZISAPIECEOFSHIT    

200 pounds of weed is what I would have to smoke in order to find him attractive. Yuck & Yikes!

989 days ago
53.

Terrell     

It's steele from Juice lol. 35000 bond? is that it? You know that kat is out and about already.

989 days ago
54.

Linda    

You smoke crack, don't you Sams?

989 days ago
55.

GTodd    

I guess Sims really did smoke crack

989 days ago
56.

Darryl Moore    

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJ1hKtYOx_c

989 days ago
57.

Chino    

You smoke crack don't you... lol

989 days ago
58.

Traveler1986    

Give it a day or two, the "I'm a victim of society" excuse is on its way I'm sure

989 days ago
59.

BIG MEECH    

BEING GREEDY U GOT A 100 THOU N THE CAR AND A 100 AT THE CRIB YO CHRISTMAS WAS GOOD.

989 days ago
60.

robert    

so he has 100k left over AFTER buying ANOTHER hundred pounds and he needs more money for christmas? something tells me he's not a quick thinker.

989 days ago
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