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El DeBarge

ARRESTED for Drug Possession

3/21/2012 7:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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"Rhythm of the Night" singer El DeBarge was arrested for drug possession in L.A. yesterday ... and cops believe El may have been trying to deal the junk.

El was popped around 2 PM in Encino, CA ... after LAPD officers observed him participating in what appeared to be a drug deal with another man near the 101 Freeway.

DeBarge was arrested for possession of narcotics with intent to sell. It's the 3rd time El has been arrested for drug possession since 2001.

He was hauled to a nearby jail where he was booked and released on $30k bail. El is due back in court next month.

Fun Fact -- El's brother James is currently serving time behind bars after being arrested for assault with a deadly weapon and drug charges. 

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1.

MsLivia    

I really wish this guy could get it together. His whole family is plagued with drug addction. He's one of the few celebs I actually like.

844 days ago
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nicolekiss    

There is a saying like this "Only one himself knows if the shoes match his feet or not If u really love her /him, money ain't nothing but a number for these loved-up A-Listers. My BF and I both think so! He is a banker .We met via ___RichMingle.'C0'M___ a nice place for women and oldermen who have much money, ,Ever feel that you would best enjoy someone who is in your group? If u are really interested in it, maybe u wanna check it out or tell your friends.

844 days ago
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Truth    

HOW IS A SURPRISE??? DUDE HAS BEEN HIGH FOR QUITE A LONG TIME. HE NEEDS LONG TERM INPATIENT REHAB STAT FOR LIKE 1-1.5 YRS. I CAN SEE THE SENTENCING ALREADY.. MIGHT AS WELL FOTOCOPY LESLO'S JUDGES DECISIONS AND SAVE THE DAMN COURT'S TIME. I ASSUME THE LA COUNTY CORONER'S OFFICE HAS AN EXTRA SHIFT SPOT OPEN RIGHT BESIDE LINDSAY... JUST SAYIN. #TRUTH!!

844 days ago
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Truth    

OTHERWISE... THERE'S AN EXTRA SPOT OPEN RIGHT BESIDE WHITNEY HOUSTON IN WESTFIELD CEMETARY. #TRUTH!!

844 days ago
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RaineeDrops    

Just say NO!

844 days ago
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northern gypsy    

hmmm...once the fame was gone...this twit couldn't get entertainment related employment ...or...anything legitimate??? apparently not...oh well...off you go to the big house and spend some time with your brother !!!

844 days ago
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HermesHeiress    

Understandable drug addiction is a terrible thing to deal with,if someone doesn't want to change their lives they wont.In my job I see the effects of drugs not only on the individual but the family...and its not a pretty picture.I hope he gets the help once and for all...I do not believe going through rehab and going on stage mix...he has to do one or the other at this point.The environment is not condusive with getting sober and clean.

844 days ago
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Kathryn    

Surprise, Surprise (not) - Isn't this the same trick that was seen w/Whitney "Dead Crackhead Six Feet Under" Houston a couple of nites before she died, at Tru Niteclub? They both were ECSTATIC to see each other. Hmmm. I'm sure because they were excited that they "scored" some drugs from Ray Jay. ;)

844 days ago
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JugEars McKenyan Sr..    

From El DeBarge to EL GARBAGE...

844 days ago
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mebrat24    

Now he can meet Dr. Murray

844 days ago
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mebrat24    

tmz- you ever notice how much spam is on here?

844 days ago
12.

Tim    

Now, instead of "feeling the rhythm of the night", he's gonna be feeling the rhythm of Bubba doing about 70 strokes per minute.

844 days ago
13.

commentariat    

Man, El just can't get it together. As was said, this whole family has that addictive gene that they can't shake. Drug addiction is a disease. You just know the papers have his obit written and ready to go - all they need to do is press "publish". Pray for this man and his family. Damn shame.

844 days ago
14.

eL D!    

Man O Man, I hope this is not true-he has had so many chances to do right...please GOD help him see the light

844 days ago
15.

Left    

Correction TMZ: James DeBarge is in jail, NOT Chico.

844 days ago
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