Singer El Debarge has been cleared on all drug charges due to insufficient evidence.
The “Rhythm of the Night” hitmaker was arrested in Los Angeles on Monday after he and a pal were frisked by cops, who reportedly found cocaine hidden under a nearby car.
The unidentified friend claimed he was there to purchase the drugs from Debarge and the star was subsequently charged with felony possession of narcotics with intent to sell.
However, Debarge – who has denied the allegations – can now breathe a sigh of relief after the Los Angeles County District Attorney decided to drop the case due to a lack of evidence.
According to official D.A. documents, “police officers noticed DeBarge and another man speaking on the street — and for some reason, decided to search them … without giving a reason why,” TMZ says. Though they found nothing, and DeBarge denied any wrongdoing, cops found rock cocaine under a nearby car and the singer was arrested.
Later, prosecutors decided the evidence wasn’t there — and the charge was dropped.
That’s especially good news for fans in Tampa Bay, where El DeBarge is scheduled to play the Funk Fest in St. Petersburg on April 6-7 in Vinoy Park. A spokesperson today said they’ve been in contact with his manager and that El DeBarge is still in the show.