'Lean on Me' actor arrested in undercover drug buy

Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities say "Lean on Me" actor Jermaine "Huggy" Hopkins has been arrested in Phoenix for trying to buy 200 pounds (91 kilograms) of marijuana from an undercover officer.

Sheriff's detectives say the 38-year-old Hopkins was taken into custody Tuesday. Phoenix TV station KSAZ reports that detectives found 200 pounds of marijuana in his SUV and $100,000 cash.

Authorities later searched an Avondale apartment listed in Hopkins' name. They say they found another 100 pounds (45 kilograms) of marijuana.

Hopkins starred in the 1989 movie "Lean on Me" at 15 and has appeared on several TV shows.

Hopkins lives in North Carolina. He's being held on $35,000 bond on suspicion of two felony counts of possessing, transporting and trying to sell marijuana.

It was unclear Thursday whether Hopkins has legal representation yet.

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