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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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61.

karen     

It "KILLS UR BRAIN CELL SON"(LEAN ON ME)I jUST WENT IN BROUGHT THE MOVIE TWO DAYS AGO,JUST TO HER THAT PART..LOL WOW,IT LOOKS LIKE HE HAD A ROUGH LIFE. MY PRAYERS GOES OUT TO HIM.

939 days ago
62.

Enrique    

Why they do stuff like this?!!!

939 days ago
63.

tellmeaboutit     

Apparently, this kind of crap and robbery/burglary, assault are some people's way of ghetto Christmas shopping. It happens every year. Classy.

939 days ago
64.

Steel    

They said he lived in NC, and he took the trip to AZ for the deal. But, then they said they seached his AZ home. He'll be home in 2 weeks flat!!! Make that 2 weeks "FAT" in his case!

939 days ago
65.

TheRealJerseyShore    

He was also in the movie Juice with Tupac. Bishop shot Steel's ass a few times.

939 days ago
66.

TriceePeacee    

He shoulda found him a good plug in Cali. Either get him a Cannibus card or find him somebody with one, something. 200 pounds of weed? What's that in Cali with a card? A business transaction.

939 days ago
67.

MARGARET WILLIAMS    

Sams Sams Sams...smh..i always knew for real foreal your ass was dumb..Mr Clark didnt wanna believe it but i knew...you should have tested the waters first fool..who travels that far to go to jail??..make a nice christmas for your family..ninja please!!!couldnt that 100 pounds you already had do that???i aint been out the game that long that i forgot what a pound of ooowee can buy...DEA aint playing no more...that much weed IS the POLEECE!!!they trying to have a nice christmas too...idiot

938 days ago
68.

kizzymc1    

That's a shame. Sams may not smoke crack but he buys weed...smh

938 days ago
69.

LoveMe     

Merry Christmas

938 days ago
70.

666carbon    

looks like a black buddah

938 days ago
71.

Msibs    

Weed? I thought crack was his problem...Morgan Freedman must be livid!

938 days ago
72.

RICKY    

Nice Dreams CHRISTMAS!

938 days ago
73.

Jackie Steele    

I am so sad to hear that this young man did not get the message of"Lean On Me." So many of our people have to be shown that there is a way that seems right, but it leads to death and destruction. When will we ever learn? Joe Clark told him, "It kills the brain cells, son!"

938 days ago
74.

LadyÉ    

So, people go thru things and fall on hard times, who the HELL are any of us to judge him!!! So all these negative comments from the midgets, look in your closet cause I'm sure you've done something illegal! Good luck Jermaine be blessed!!!!!!!!!

938 days ago
75.

hermanzgurl29    

DAMN DUDE I WOULD SAY YOU CAUGHT THAT CASE "EXPEDITIOUSLY"(in Joe Clark voice)

938 days ago
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