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El DeBarge

Off the Hook After Drug Arrest

3/22/2012 10:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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"Rhythm of the Night" singer El DeBarge is in the clear after he was arrested for drug possession this week -- because the L.A. County D.A. has declined to file charges.

According to official D.A. documents, the case was rejected due to insufficient evidence.

TMZ broke the story ... DeBarge was arrested on Tuesday for felony possession of narcotics with intent to sell -- the singer's third drug arrest since 2001.

According to the docs, police officers noticed DeBarge and another man speaking on the street -- and for some reason, decided to search them ... without giving a reason why.

After searching them and coming up with nothing -- cops claim they perused the surrounding area ... and found a baggie of rock cocaine hidden under a nearby car.

The other man insisted he was there to buy the rock from DeBarge -- but DeBarge denied the accusation ... and the D.A. decided there wasn't enough evidence to make the charge stick.

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dd    

YEA!!!!

889 days ago
17.

Miss K    

But not before they have him blasted over every media site 1st. Smh!!!

889 days ago
18.

grebo    

What a waste. This guy has an awesome voice but chooses to waste his life going in and out of prison because of drugs. "I Like it" "Someone" "All This Love"....great songs.

889 days ago
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CHRISTINE     

MAKES ME WONDER IF HE WAS ABLE TO GIVE WHITNEY HUSTON DRUGS COCAINE FOUND IN HER SYSTEM AND SHE SAW EL DEBARGE THEY HAD A TYPE OF EN-BRACE TWO NIGHT BEFORE SHE DIED?????? WHO KNOW'S SO SORRY TO HEAR THE NEWS OF DRUG USE AGAIN :-(

889 days ago
20.

mike    

So typical of the cops....yeah el is a dushe but EVERYONE knows he has problems....they use that same"i saw drugs so i put him down" excuse here in virginia...and people wonder why they take cops for a joke....El if your gonna do it,do it in your OWN house like all the other CELEBS DO

889 days ago
21.

JugEars McKenyan Sr..    

El DeBarge = El Garbage as far as I'm concerned...

889 days ago
22.

tws    

I'll bet he was Whitney Houston's cocaine dealer. They were together the night before she died...Just saying..

889 days ago
23.

HermesHeiress    

Really....The other guy tried to pass the blame onto El..Because the intent to distribute would come with more serious charge than buying...That son of a b1tch knew what he was doing.Either way...it couldn't be a case of police buy out..El has no dinero.

889 days ago
24.

MsSunshine79    

Whitney put that prayer on him and it worked!

889 days ago
25.

Shaz    

Hmm...Am I the only one who finds it strange that this guy, who had been Whitney Houston's "drug buddy" years before, has a chance meeting with her at a club and a few days later, she's dead? Hot dose, perhaps?

889 days ago
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tab58064    

If anything the other guy was selling rocks to El. He's putting himself right back into the mix of **** that will eventually have him in broke and in jail again. At some point his fans (I am one too) will have to stop making excuses for him and stop blaming the drug. He has resources that other people don't have available to them and after so many years of using and losing one would think that he'd make better choices. Drugs are inanimate.....IF YOU DON'T BOTHER THEM, THEY WON'T BOTHER YOU!!!

889 days ago
27.

Tee    

Thank GOD so glad to hear this! Now he can go back to the business of making good music. I ADORE his and Faith Evans "Lay With You". I so wish he and his siblings would clear up and rejoin. We need good RnB so very badly. I'm tired of the negative effects of rap. Although there are several rappers that I loved (Notorious BIG) to many of them are negative (drug use, blatant self disrespect, disrespect women, encourage crime, engcourage the playa life many women and cheating) and this is where the stereotype of Trayvon Martin comes from, the negative crime filled rappers of the years, being black and their hoodies. Bring back the El Debarges, Tevin Campbells, Jeffrey Osbornes of the day.

889 days ago
28.

MsBiggStuff    

His name is not El DeBarge idiots!! His name is James Debarge. El DeBarge is the name of the ENTIRE group. There was like 6 of them..brothers and sister, which last name is DeBarge. Get your facts straight TMZ befo
re you sh*t on someone's name and their struggle!!

888 days ago
29.

Nikki    

Sad to say but he will probably end up dying young. He and his family have a history of drug abuse domestic violence ect. It's very sad they are all very talented and very attractive. Too bad genetics are a bitch! The good and the bad!

888 days ago
30.

Alex M    

Well, i hope he hears of Whitneys Toxicology, and cleans up. Most of his family have succumbed to this, minus his nephews/nieces. I thought the plan was for him and whitney to get clean together. Ohh Well, i still have faith he will pull through.

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