El DeBarge has been arrested and hit with several charges including drugs and weapon possession after being stopped at a gas station in Burbank, California.
According to a report from TMZ on Tuesday (January 10), the run-in occurred in the early hours of Sunday morning (January 8) when officers noticed expired tags on the singer’s car while passing by. As they approached, they reportedly saw an expandable metal baton in plain sight in the car as well
With the baton being an illegal weapon, it prompted a search of the vehicle – where police allegedly also found pepper spray and “suspected narcotics.” The singer is also said to have not had a valid driver’s license.
El DeBarge was arrested and booked on possession of a leaded cane or baton, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. According to the report, police believe the narcotic is heroin, but it hasn’t been confirmed yet.
The “Lay With You” singer didn’t stay behind bars for long, however, as he posted the $25,000 bond and was released. He’s due back in court in March.
This isn’t the first arrest for the embattled singer in recent years. In 2018, he was brought in for felony vandalism after he allegedly took a wrench to someone’s windshield during an argument.
In 2012, DeBarge was arrested in Los Angeles for possession of narcotics with intent to sell after LAPD officers observed him participating in what appeared to be an apparent drug deal with another man near the 101 Freeway. He posted his $30,000 bond and was released and able to avoid jail time in the matter.
However, the singer previously served 13 months behind bars following his 2008 arrest for possession of crack and drug paraphernalia. The charges violated the terms of his probation for a similar arrest in 2006 for possession of a controlled substance.