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LCSO: Pop Warner coach sidelined for drug possession

December 24, 2013
Lehigh Acres Citizen

A Pop Warner football coach has traded pacing the sidelines for pacing a jail cell.

On Dec. 19, detectives with the Lee County Sheriff's Office intercepted a package with more than six pounds of marijuana coming from Washington State. It was set to be delivered to 3031 38th St. S.W.

Information gained during the investigation led detectives to set up a perimeter in the neighborhood. As the perimeter was being established, detectives observed a suspicious vehicle depart the area quickly.

The vehicle approached an intersection and rolled through it without stopping. A traffic stop was initiated.

As the deputy approached the vehicle, he was able to smell an odor of marijuana coming from within the vehicle. A search located marijuana inside the vehicle.

The driver of the vehicle, David Leon Palmer, 32, was detained.

A search warrant was served at the Lehigh house. The investigation reveals a woman had accepted the package at the door.

Based on information and evidence obtained at the residence, a second search warrant was served at Palmer's primary residence at 3635 Pine Oaks Circle, Apt. 103, Fort Myers.

Detectives uncovered evidence including marijuana packaged for sale, cocaine and MDMA. Approximately $25,000 cash was recovered from within the house and $4,500 cash was located on Palmer's person.

All cash was seized, as well as a brand new 70-inch flat screen television.

"The evidence here clearly indicates that this drug dealing coach is not fit to be in a position of trust and authority with the innocent youth of our community," Sheriff Mike Scott said. "My team has flagged him with personal fouls and sidelined him to inactive status where I believe he should remain."

Palmer was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana under 20 grams and possession of marijuana with intent to sell.

The investigation continues and additional charges may be pending.

Source:?Lee County Sheriff's Office



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