As media outlets all across the country are discussing the dangers that so-called “suspicious activity” can lead to in relation to the shocking shooting death of a teenager who was armed skittles and an iced tea in Florida, the media continues to rely on “suspicious activity” without question as the basis for investigations leading drug arrests.
The Los Angeles Times reports that narcotics officers in Encino were conducting some sort of investigation this week when two men appeared to be acting in some suspicious manner near the 101 Freeway.
Details surrounding the events remain sketchy in the public media. Apparently, the narcotics officers looked into the so-called suspicious activity and claim that they found drugs in the area were the two men were previously located. Authorities say that one of the men involved in the alleged suspicious activity is Grammy Award winning R&B singer El DeBarge.
Apparently, law enforcement concluded that the drugs allegedly found where DeBarge had previously been standing could be tied to the singer. News reports are unclear about what substance police claim to have found in the area near the 101 Freeway.
Police say that they arrested DeBarge on suspicion of possession of drugs with intent to sell. Reports indicate that the Grammy award winner was booked into jail on the felony drug charges and was later released on $30,000 bail. A court date has been scheduled for next month.
The singer has previously faced drug charges. He reportedly has told the Los Angeles Times that his 13 months in a California state penitentiary after a drug crime conviction served as a wake-up call. He reportedly has also dealt with substance issues at a rehab center.
Source: The Los Angeles Times, “El DeBarge drug arrest interrupts acclaimed comeback,” Gerrick D. Kennedy, Mar. 22, 2012