R&B crooner El DeBarge was arrested for drug possession in Los Angeles on Tuesday afternoon, reports TMZ.
The former lead singer of the popular ’80s musical family group DeBarge was spotted allegedly conducting a drug deal in Encino, Calif., with another unidentified man. DeBarge is reportedly being charged with possession for sale of narcotics.
The latest legal embroilment for the 50-year-old falsetto falls in line with most of his previous arrests, which were also drug related. In 2001, DeBarge was arrested for cocaine possession and was granted probation. Five years later, he was cuffed for possession of a controlled substance and was again placed on probation. In 2007, he was slapped with a domestic dispute arrest, and a year after that, he was placed behind bars again for cocaine. Luckily, probation was his only punishment.
When DeBarge was arrested in 2008 for crack possession and drug paraphernalia, however, all bets were off because he had broken the terms of his probation. DeBarge was then sent to a California penitentiary to serve a two-year stint for the violations.
As a 25-year drug abuser who began using after he suffered migraines while as a member of the group DeBarge, the singer claimed to have been born-again and completely sober upon completing his prison stay in 2010. In February of last year, DeBarge sought the services of a rehab facility for a reported relapse.
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