BREAKING: Brevard Public Schools Football Coaches Charged With Drug Trafficking
By Space Coast Daily // June 29, 2016
LOCAL AND FEDERAL AGENCIES INVOLVED
ABOVE VIDEO: Leonard Agee Jr, 40, and Benjamin Jenkins, 36, have been charged with conspiracy to distribute and possession to distribute controlled substances, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. (WFTV video)
ORLANDO, FLORIDA – Law enforcement agencies announced the arrests of two Brevard Public School coaches on Drug Conspiracy charges during a press conference in Orlando on Wednesday afternoon.
Authorities announced that the two suspects arrested were 40-year-old Leonard Charles Agee, Jr. of Titusville, and 36-year-old Benjamin Jenkins of Mims.
Both suspects were charged with Conspiracy to Distribute and Possession with Intent to Distribute Controlled Substances.
Agencies involved in the investigation included United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III; Assistant Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey T. Walsh, Drug Enforcement Administration; Chief John Lau of the Titusville Police Department; DEA (Gainesville Resident Office); Brevard County Sheriff’s Office; Melbourne Police Department; and Florida Probation and Parole.
According to Corey Williams of the Space Coast Stars, Agee also served as a basketball coach with the Stars. The Space Coast Stars are a minor league basketball team that play in the Florida Basketball Association (FBA).
According to the Brevard County Public Schools in a release, BPS was notified today by local and federal law enforcement that two BPS employees were arrested and are currently in police custody.
“Based on the charges presented, both employees have been immediately relieved of their coaching duties at Titusville High School and instructional assistant responsibilities for the 2016-2017 school year,” BPS said in the release.
Both suspects have been placed on administrative leave pending termination recommendation to be approved at the regularly scheduled July 19, 2016 School Board Meeting, according to BPS.
“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,” states Dr. Desmond Blackburn.
“Our staff immediately took action to remove these individuals from their duties and I will work diligently with our human resources team to instill appropriate employment recommendations to ensure we safeguard our most precious resources; the students and families we serve.”
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