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Youth football coach charged with selling cocaine during practice. Nice

Feb 3, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

Hey, coaching youth sports is very time consuming, and a man has to make a living. So sometimes you have to multitask. Buffalo police say that Eric Humphrey (pictured), a 31-year-old sports bar owner and coach of a Pop Warner youth football team, sold cocaine during team practices while running a drug ring. From WRGB-5 TV in Buffalo:

Police said he made cocaine deals in a parking lot while his team practiced on a nearby field.

“Mom, can you pick me up early? Our practice was raided by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.”


Humphrey coached the midget division team (for 11- to 14-year-olds) of the Buffalo Ravens.

Eric Humphrey of suburban East Amherst was arrested earlier this week along with five other men, three of them his relatives.

All pleaded not guilty Tuesday to felony drug-conspiracy charges in federal court.

Authorities say agents found more than $120,000 in cash in Humphrey’s bedroom.

It was from candy bar sales!
Humphrey’s team was one win away from advancing to the National Championships at Disney World this past season. From the Buffalo News:

His defense lawyer said Humphrey was a “real advocate” for youngsters who put a lot of time and effort into his coaching.

But police said they found a pound of powdered cocaine, 4.5 ounces of crack cocaine and 21 kilogram-sized cocaine wrappers in a “stash house” allegedly operated by Humphrey on Goodyear Avenue on the East Side.

“Each of those empty wrappers held 2.2 pounds of cocaine,” Tomaszewski said. “That is a very significant amount of cocaine for the Buffalo area.”

That’s a significant amount of cocaine for the entire eastern seaboard.
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Pop Warner coach sold cocaine [With Leather]
DEA: NY youth football coach sold coke at practice [WRGB-5 TV]
Coaching kids and ‘selling cocaine’ [Buffalo News]

  1. Jim Guida - Feb 3, 2010 at 6:43 PM

    My Father coached Pop Warner football for over 40 years before he passed away five years ago. By his wishes, he was cremated, which is the only thing keepng him from spinning in his grave.

  2. Skids - Feb 4, 2010 at 8:02 AM

    I have seen and smelled coaches smoking pot at practices and before and after games where I live, and the Recreation Department here do nothing about it, not wanting to “offend” the coaches.