The guy who starred as troubled youth Thomas Sams in the 1989 classic "Lean On Me" was arrested in Arizona for allegedly buying 200 pounds of pot from an undercover cop this week. Jermaine "Huggy" Hopkins has been charged with two felony counts of possessing, transporting and trying to sell marijuana.According to police, the 38-year-old actor lives in North Carolina ... but traveled to AZ to make the drug deal on Tuesday. Cops in Maricopa County say they set up the sting operation ... and after Hopkins took possession of the dope, they pulled over his SUV and arrested him. Cops say they found $100k in cash in the ride. Officials later searched Hopkins' Arizona apartment and claim they found an additional 100 pounds of weed. Police say Hopkins told them he got involved in the drug deal to provide a nice Christmas for his family. Hopkins is being held on $35,000 bond. If convicted, he faces up to 5 years in prison.
Joe Clark: [Clark's roof-top pep-talk to Thomas Sams] The problem with teenagers today is you don't know nothing. The problem with being a teenager is you *think* you know better than those who have been down that road you're traveling. Have you told your father what happened to you? You haven't? No guts, huh? You're afraid of what he might say to you.
Thomas Sams: My father doesn't live with us anymore, sir.
Joe Clark: Oh, is that it? You just go around feeling sorry for yourself? Get out of here, boy; you're wasting my time!
Thomas Sams: Please, sir. I have to get back in school, somewhere. I can't just go home and tell my mother I got thrown out of school.
Joe Clark: Boy, what have you been thinking about all this time, and why should I believe you now?
Thomas Sams: Because I'll do better, sir. I'll go to class and do all my work and...
Joe Clark: And what else? Why don't you just jump off the roof, right here and now? That's what you really want, isn't it? Yes, you do. You smoke crack, don't you, boy? Don't you smoke crack? Yeah, I thought so. And you know what that does to you? You don't? It kills your brain cells, son. It kills your brain cells! Now when you're destroying your brain cells, you're doing the same thing as killing yourself. You're just doing it slower! Now, I say if your wanna kill yourself, don't fuck around with it, do it expeditiously! Go on and jump! JUMP!
Thomas Sams: No! I don't wanna jump!
Joe Clark: ...You're quite sure about this, are you?
Thomas Sams: ...That's why I haven't jumped already, sir.
Joe Clark: Maybe. All right, Sams, I'll tell you what I'm gonna do: I'm gonna go back on my own word and let you into my school again. But you're not gonna get a moment's rest. I'm gonna be on your case every minute - just waiting for you to slip up THIS MUCH, so I can toss you right back out. Do you understand me? *Do you?*
Thomas Sams: ...You think I don't appreciate this at all, sir.
Joe Clark: ...We'll see. Alright, let's get back downstairs. Come on. [they do so]