On Wednesday two Titusville High School assistant football coaches were arrested, alleged by the government to be operating an illicit drug ring in Brevard County. Leonard Charles “Chuck” Agee, Jr., 40, and Benjamin S. Jenkins, 36, were arrested and charged with conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute controlled substances after an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration.
According to Federal agents, Agee was leading the alleged drug ring, which the government says was both distributing cocaine and marijuana locally and trafficking both substances from out of state. Although both men worked with minors, they have not been charged with selling to an underage party.
The government alleges that its informants have purchased heroin, fentanyl, cocaine, marijuana, and prescription pills from both men since last September, when the investigation began. Investigators said they believed the men were also selling oxycodone, but, according to the government, the substance they received from them was fentanyl, which is easier to obtain and has similar effects.
Although the investigation began last fall, investigators did not inform Brevard County Schools of the alleged activity until a few hours prior to the men’s arrest. However, according to the agent in charge of the investigation, the investigators ensured that no transactions occurred on school property.
The DEA alleges that the men have been selling illicit drugs for “years,” although neither has a prior conviction for illegal drug activity. Both men have been arrested for drug possession in the past according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Agee and Jenkins were both removed from their classroom and extracurricular activities upon their arrest and placed on administrative leave. The district said in a press release that a determination regarding their employment will be made at the next school board meeting on July 19.
Three others who were allegedly involved were arrested on Florida drug charges. None of them were employed by the school district.
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