BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Two assistant football coaches from Brevard County are facing federal charges after being accused of dealing drugs.
Assistant Titusville high school coaches Leonard Agee Jr. and Benjamin Jenkins are now on administrative leave after being charged with drug trafficking. Even the seasoned investigators were surprised when they learned what these suspects did for a living. "We share in the shock and disappointment that someone in the school system would make a conscious decision to make money this way." DEA Special Agent in Charge Jeff Walsh said.
According to Walsh the assistant coaches sold cocaine, marijuana, heroin and prescription pills to undercover agents, out of several homes in Titusville and Mims. He says it happened on several different occasions dating back to 2015. "They were getting marijuana from out of state and cocaine from south Florida.
It was far from a major cartel, but it did involve many people in the area," Walsh said.
The DEA also says, in some cases the powerful opiod fentanyl, was also sold, possibly to look like oxcodone, something that could be extremely dangerous. "Fentanyl is 40 to 100 times stronger than heroin."
Agents say students were not involved in the illegal activity. "We don't have any direct evidence that they were doing anything illegal involving the kids, but again they were looked up to within the community and they had a chance to be positive role models for the kids."
According to the school district both are instructional assistants, as well as assist coaches. 40-year-old Agee works at Titusville High and Jenkins works at Imperial Estates Elementary. If convicted both men could face up to 20 years in a Federal prison.
The Brevard School district released this statement saying, "Both employees have been immediately relieved of their coaching duties at Titusville High Schools and instructional assistant responsibilities for the 2016-2017 school year.
The two have been placed on administrative leave pending termination recommendation to be approved at the regularly schedule July 19, 2016 school board meeting.