SMH: El DeBarge Arrested For Drugs

by Britni Danielle

Just when we were starting to believe he was really back, singer El DeBarge was arrested Tuesday in Los Angeles in an apparent drug bust. Apparently, DeBarge was allegedly attempting to unload some of his stash when he was spotted by a cop.

TMZ reports:

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. 

This isn’t his first time dealing with the law. El has famously suffered with drug addiction for years and spent time in prison, but in the past year his comeback looked like it was almost certain.

Sadly, El isn’t the only DeBarge who’s had trouble with the law. His brother James is currently serving time for assault and drugs, and his younger brother Chico’s stint in prison inspired his debut album.

  • African Mami

    what’s going to happen to his hair?! will it be as sleekified as it is right now?!

  • Whatever

    Damn! I really want El to get his sh*t together. I just saw him in concert about a year and a half ago and his voice was amazing. I’m hoping he wins this battle with drugs.

  • Perverted Alchemist

    This is very sad- as I have been a huge fan of his for many years. I was rooting for him since he got out of prison, cleaned himself up and got with Interscope to put out “Second Chance”. This comes on the heels of him confessing on Inside Edition a couple of days after Whitney Houston’s death that she needed his help to get clean. He was just in rehab several months back and I thought he would pull through his addiction. I guess it is true- that old habits die hard…

  • dirtychai

    Of course it will, he’s a DeBarge! I really hope that El gets it together. His voice is great, and he seems like such a cool dude.

  • Dalili


  • LainaLain

    I’m so sad to hear this. My family and I were rooting for him.

  • FoxyMarnie

    This news saddened me also, but just like this article I read earlier said, El Debarge needs our prayers not our judgment. His addiction may be drugs but you can be addicted to anything.

  • Pearlsrevealed

    This is really eerie but I just watched Unsung:DeBarge today on youtube for the first time!!!! I noticed El was not interviewed for the piece so I googled him. And sadly, here is this breaking news story. SMH

  • NY’s Finest

    Damn, I was really hoping that he wouldn’t get caught up again. I love El so I’m disappointed and a little sad.

  • Please Excuse Me

    I am rooting for him to get it together before it is too late.

  • Penny

    “How you sell weed, and you smoke it?” Craig from Friday

  • Duke

    LOL! We got jokes!

  • Tiffy

    I hope it was weed and not crack or some other hard drug because everyone is rooting for him. I’ll pray for him because he is a very talented man and we dont need to lose anymore of our celebrities to this drug beast…

  • Perverted Alchemist

    Here’s the thing, Dalili. When he got out of prison back in 2009, he was talking about how much he was clean, how he became a born again Christian and how much he changed, I was happy for him and wanted him to succeed- and then this happens…

  • shadow

    +1 celebrities or anyone else for that matter.

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