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Pair of Florida high school football coaches under federal indictment on drug trafficking charges

July 1, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Pair of Florida high school football coaches under federal indictment on drug trafficking charges

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The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced the drug trafficking indictment of two assistant football coaches at Titusville High School in Florida on Wednesday.

Benjamin S. Jenkins, 36, and Leonard Charles Agee Jr., 40, were arrested and are accused of possession with intent to distribute and conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. Three other suspects who are believed to be linked to the case face state charges.

Agee allegedly sold heroin to an informant numerous times between September 2015 up until his arrest on Wednesday. Authorities also indicated that Agee had been involved with trafficking marijuana and cocaine.

Officials have also reported that the men were selling pills that they believed were oxycodone, but turned out to be a more potent and deadly opioid fentanyl.

Agee was an assistant coach at Titusville High School, while Jenkins was an assistant coach at Imperial Estates Elementary School.

The superintendent for Brevard County Schools, Dr. Desmond K. Blackburn said in a statement: “I cannot truly express how deeply appalled I am to learn of this egregious violation of our trust by people we employ to serve our students.”

The two suspects were allegedly operating a significant drug ring involving prescription pills, heroin, cocaine, and marijuana.

Both individuals have posted bail and were subsequently released from custody.

Federal agents reported that the two ran the drug ring out of Agee’s house and the home of Jenkins’ parents, WESH reported.

According to the criminal complaint, agents intercepted texts between the two suspects, in which both of them used words such as “Vick” to refer to 7 grams of cocaine. The cocaine code word is reportedly a reference to NFL quarterback, Michael Vick, whose jersey number was 7.

The complaint also asserted that a student went with Agee to a track competition in South Florida where Agee made plans to conduct a drug pick up.

The DEA’s Jeff Walsh said, “That’s a very unique and disturbing aspect of this case amongst the other disturbing aspects.”

Agents were reportedly surveilling the duo for over a year, and are certain that no students were involved.

U.S. Attorney Lee Bentley commented on the matter saying, “We probably could have moved sooner to make arrests of the two individuals, Agee and Jenkins, but it was very important to all law enforcement to find out if anyone else in the Brevard County school system was involved.”

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