Jermaine Hopkins, the Fat Kid From Lean on Me, Busted Buying 200 Pounds of Weed From Undercover MCSO Deputy

"No sir it wasn't me, sir -- I swear it wasn't!"

That's what Jermaine "Huggy" Hopkins, the fat kid in the film Lean on Me, famously told his prickly principal (played by Morgan Freeman) to get out of a jam in the 1989 classic.

The line apparently didn't work as well on the cops, who say Hopkins tried to buy about 200 pounds of weed from an undercover Maricopa County Sheriff's deputy.

Hopkins, who lives in North Carolina, got popped in Avondale on Tuesday when police found 200 pounds of weed -- and $100,000 in cash -- in the vehicle he was driving.

The weed, according to court records, was sold to Hopkins by undercover deputies just before he was stopped on I-17 near Bethany Home Road.

Police later searched an Avondale apartment that's listed in his name and found an addition 100 pounds of weed.

Hopkins most recent legitimate acting gig was a bit part in Law and Order. He also appeared in the hood classic Juice, and nearly a dozen other films.

Hopkins told deputies he arranged the weed deal so he could provide a nice Christmas for his family.

That's probably not gonna happen, though -- Hopkins was booked into a Maricopa County jail on two felony counts of possessing, transporting and trying to sell marijuana.

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