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Florida coach faces serious drug charges

When a Florida community places its trust in a person, there is often harsh outcry if that person is charged with a crime. This may be especially true when it comes to teachers, coaches and other people who interact with children. Drug crimes are taken very seriously, and a role model for youths who faces drug charges may require some aggressive defense.

Recently a youth soccer coach was arrested for allegedly running a professional marijuana grow house in a home he rented. After apparently receiving an anonymous tip, police obtained a warrant and executed a search which they say netted over 30 pounds of marijuana, more than 300 plants and 100 packages of cannabis. Police also reported finding an illegal power tap which they believe allowed the man to use over $4,600 worth of electricity while circumventing the meter.

Police do not believe the man lived in the house, but neighbors say he decorated for holidays, handed out candy on Halloween and even washed his car in the driveway. The soccer league where he coached said he passed all of his annual background checks. He has been charged with renting a building for drug trafficking, growing and trafficking cannabis and grand theft of a utility.

Neighbors are in shock, and the soccer league has suspended the coach. Nevertheless, this man deserves to have his rights protected. People facing drug charges in Florida are wise to contact an attorney as quickly as possible. An experienced criminal defense lawyer will examine the evidence and develop a strategy for a strong defense.  

Source:, "Auburndale youth soccer coach arrested for marijuana grow house", Melissa Marino, June 23, 2016

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