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El DeBarge will not face drug charges, prosecutors say

March 22, 2012 | 12:18 pm

Charges will not be filed against Grammy Award-winning singer El DeBarge following his arrest on suspicion of drug possession with intent to sell, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said
Charges will not be filed against Grammy Award-winning singer El DeBarge following his arrest on suspicion of drug possession with intent to sell, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said Thursday.

There was "insufficient evidence" to charge DeBarge, said spokeswoman Jane Robison.

Undercover narcotics officers were conducting an investigation near White Oak Avenue and the 101 Freeway early Monday when they spotted the singer and another man acting suspiciously, according to the L.A. Police Department.

Officers recovered narcotics from an area where DeBarge had been standing, the LAPD said, leading to his arrest.

DeBarge is best known for the Grammy-winning song "Rhythm of the Night" in the mid-1980s with his family's group, DeBarge.

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-- Anna Gorman

Photo: El DeBarge performing in West Hollywood. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

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