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.

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  • 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…

    • shadow

      +1 celebrities or anyone else for that matter.