El DeBarge Cleared of Drug Possession Charges

El DeBarge Cleared of Drug Possession Charges

D.A. throws out possession charge against El DeBarge due to lack of evidence.

Published March 22, 2012

Looks like El DeBarge is off the hook after all. Yesterday (March 20) the R&B singer was arrested for drug possession in a city just outside of Los Angeles. Now, after being arrested and released on $30,000 bail, the D.A. has thrown out the case against him citing a lack of sufficient evidence.

According to documents from the L.A. County D.A.'s office, the arresting officers who searched DeBarge and the man he was conversing with under the 101 Freeway, initially failed to find any drugs on either suspect. According to reports, cops said that they found a baggie of rock cocaine under a nearby car. In the end, the D.A. decided that this was not enough evidence to charge DeBarge with felony possession of narcotics with intent to sell, reports TMZ.

DeBarge has, however, dealt with an ongoing drug problem over the years, attending rehab as recently as February 2011. The 49-year-old star, who did over a year in prison back in 2008 as a result of his drug abuse, was interviewed for the "BET 30" special, where he spoke about his struggle with heroin and crack. He also performed with Wale and Rick Ross at the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards, filling in for Jeremih on the Maybach Music Group hit "That Way."

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Written by Brooklyne Gipson


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