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The arrest of the 41-year-old freshman basketball team coach at John F. Kennedy High School in Paterson, New Jersey came as a shock to many of the coach’s coworkers who knew him to be a well-liked man with no history of disciplinary problems. According to the varsity basketball team’s coach, he’d be surprised to discover that the allegations that led to the man’s arrest were even true.

That’s because, according to police, the 41-year-old man had allegedly been involved in drug dealing. Though detectives from New Jersey’s Division of Criminal Justice do not indicate how they came to this conclusion, they did confront the Paterson resident outside a Home Depot and claim to have announced who they were. What happened next has raised a lot of questions from people who knew the 41-year-old best.

Police claim that after they announced who they were, the basketball coach tried to drive away, crashing into a squad car in the process. They then claim that he tried to flee on foot before officers caught up to him. He is then accused of assaulting and injuring two officers while being placed in handcuffs, which prosecutors may try to use against him if the case goes to trial. According to police, seven grams of what appeared to be cocaine were also found in his vehicle.

Because prosecutors believe that he was going to sell the drug, he is being charged with possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute. Although reports do not indicate whether there is other evidence at this time to support these claims, the situation could become incredibly serious, especially if prosecutors try to press any reckless driving charges as well.  This could result in further litigation and even more serious penalties.  As our New York readers are likely thinking, a situation such as this may require the help of a skilled attorney.

Source: Nj.com, "Paterson high school basketball coach charged with drug offenses, attacking cops," James Queally, Aug. 29, 2013

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