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Canadian assistant football coach charged with drug trafficking

September 27, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Canadian assistant football coach charged with drug trafficking

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James Little has never seen his 12-year-old son happier than when playing football on the field. He credits Nanaimo Minor Football and its coaches with changing his son’s life.

He credits Minor Football in the Canadian city of Nanaimo and its coaches with changing his son’s life.

“Compared to him in the back of a cop car to playing a sport it’s nice,” Little said. “Because he was going down a dark path and in two weeks he’s turned his life around.

However, now the Nanaimo father is coping with the news that’s hit the South-Side Minor Football Association (SSMFA) and its coaching staff. Assistant coach Levar Hayden, who coached tackling skills to peewee players, has been charged with six counts of drug trafficking.

Authorities said Hayden was charged with drug trafficking after a search of his residence revealed 49 grams of suspected meth, 15 grams of heroin/fentanyl, stolen credit cards, and a switchblade.

Levar Hayden’s next court appearance in Nanaimo is October 26th.

“Surprised that being a coach, think you’d have a little more sense not to be doing that stuff with kids,” Little added.

According to the Canadian-based CHEK-News, former UBC player had been volunteering over the past year-and-a-half with SSMFA. Officials said he was very popular among the players until things ended abruptly during an evening practice of 12-year-olds on Thursday.

Police arrested Hayden as he walked off the field.

SSMFA indicated that they conducted thorough background checks on the assistant coach that revealed nothing.

“We find ourselves surprised, shocked and dismayed by the actions of this person,” Rob Stevenson, SSMFA president, said in a statement to CHEK News.

“There was zero previous behavior that has given us an indication of his activities/lifestyle, and we were functionally blind to it,” Stevenson continued. “We are heartbroken.”

SSMFA also noted it has “now and forever ended affiliation with the man.”

Levar Hayden’s next court appearance is scheduled for October 26th.

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