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'Lean On Me' Star

Sentenced to 30 Days in Jail

After 200-Pound Weed Bust

4/19/2012 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Jermaine Hopkins
"Lean on Me" star Jermaine Hopkins won't have to wait several years to take his family to Disney World again -- because the actor was only sentenced to 30 days in jail ... after allegedly trying to buy 200 POUNDS of weed from an undercover cop.

Jermaine was sentenced to time served Tuesday -- after spending 30 days in jail following his initial arrest -- so he walked home free the same day. He was also sentenced to 3 years probation.

Jermaine struck a plea deal with prosecutors to reduce his sentence -- pleading guilty to marijuana possession for sale. A charge of illegal control of enterprise (organized crime) was dropped. Jermaine had previously faced up to five years in prison.

Jermaine tells us, "I am so glad to put this legal battle behind me so that I can begin moving forward with re-establishing my acting career."

As we previously reported, Jermaine was arrested in an Arizona sting operation last December -- after allegedly buying 200 pounds of pot from an undercover cop. Officials claim they found an additional 100 pounds of weed in Jermaine's car.

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Throwback kid    

In the movie Phat Beach he got a dance from porn star Devin Deray

863 days ago
17.

spike    

If this was one of us we would been thrown under the jail.

863 days ago
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gE_pHuNk    

wow !

863 days ago
19.

Jason    

You're killin' your brain cells, Sams!

863 days ago
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Nostradamus    

Must have snitched out some bigger fish.

863 days ago
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chris    

We are missing something…. 200lbs of weed + 100 in his car?

lets assume this isn’t Mexican “stress”

Average lb of good dank weed figure is about 2700 (retail) – that is if you buy ONE POUND

Lets figure you can get it for $1500/lb when you buy 200..

300,000 worth of weed ? what does a person do with that?

I work with dispensaries all over orange county, san diego, and los Angeles… and I don’t deal with that much product.

something fishy is going on here.....

863 days ago
22.

jack-55d79    

Here's an idea - instead of using a drug like cannabis to conduct stings, why not use things like heroin, cocaine or methamphetamine? They seem, to me at least, to be far more of a problem and much more dangerous. Maybe - I'm no expert like the cops or law.

863 days ago
23.

Marty    

200 pounds? How big of a box would it take to haul 200 pounds of marijuana?

863 days ago
24.

shoon    

it probably was intrapment

863 days ago
25.

Bob    

30 days in jail? If most folks were caught buying an ounce or more they would get 90 days to a year.

863 days ago
26.

moe24p    

i got hit with 1 pound and received a year, lucky dude, my man 11 pounds and they gave him 8 years 2 mandatory. that's crazy

863 days ago
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Jamal F. Allen    

Hold up. Hold up. I represented Jermain Hopkins. I'm Arizona Attorney Jamal F. Allen and in 18 years, I have never represented a snitch.

Jermain told me what he needed. I asked him to remain patient and to allow me to review the alleged facts, police reports, etc. As I do for each of my clients (celebrity, executive, working woman), I went to work.

The fact is that the police caught because a snitch dimed on him. I fought for disclosure of the snitch's identity. It appears protecting the real snitch was of a greater importance than incarcerating Jermain for something that I believe should be legal anyway.

No celebrity justice. No snitches on this side. Patient client. Smart Counsel. Jamal F. Allen, Attorney. GoodAzLawyers.Com

863 days ago
28.

xmr757x    

Hmmmz when ti got caught with guns the media was screaming snitch, this dude get caught buying 200lbs of weed, and caught with a 100lbs already in his car and gets 30 days... he dropped a dime on someone

862 days ago
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Mrdj919    

First u should know the law. Arizona is the best state to get caught with something. They catch people with thousands of pounds & give them a 7 year deal. Meaning don't get in trouble again or this comes back to haunt you. Best believe the average state this would have went different. Plus az is one crooked state. That's what's up Steele glad they didn't throw the book at u.

862 days ago
30.

LaFong    

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