Monday, December 20, 2010

Coach selling drugs? Say it isn't so

A drug deal goes down Monday morning in the Blake Medical Center parking lot, of all places, and the alleged dealer is subsequently arrested.

His mug shot is posted by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

Seen one, you've seen them all, right?

Not this time.

The man arrested, Frankie L. Sanders, 35, was an assistant baseball coach for Manatee High School.

His 3-year-old son was with him.

Sanders was charged with the sale and trafficking of prescription drugs and cocaine and was being held in the Manatee County jail on bonds totaling $250,000.

Authorities later found $20,000 in cash, 60 grams of cocaine, 92 grams of oxycodone tablets and two grams of Xanax at Sanders' residence.

According to the MCSO, undercover detectives had been investigating the assistant coach for a year and making undercover buys.

They said they do not know if he ever sold drugs to students at the high school.

A coach selling drugs?

What an abomination.

Did Hurricanes head coach Dwayne Strong, whose life has been devoted to teaching youngsters the game of baseball, have any idea his assistant was allegedly involved in drug dealing?

That's a question people will be asking.

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