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HS Football Coach Charged With Steroid Trafficking

Andy Berg

A high school football coach in Arkansas has been arrested on charges related to steroid trafficking.

Dex Gardner, Paragould (Ark.) High School assistant football coach, was arrested by local police, who were notified that U.S. Customs and Border Patrol had seized a large shipment (1,800 grams) of steroids and testosterone addressed to the Arkansas native.

The local ABC affiliate reported that officers found the drugs, as well as drug paraphernalia used to package controlled substances. Gardner has been charged with conspiracy to traffic a Schedule III controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

While no evidence has been found that Gardner was supplying his players with steroids, he has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation, according to Superintendent Bonard Mace.

Gardners has been bonded out of jail at a cost of $75,000.

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