Two youth youth football coaches have been arrested on cocaine charges
One coach is a former convicted felon on parole
The men, identified as Carlos Cleveland and Derrick Atkins, were arrested on cocaine possession and manufacturing of cocaine.
A home at 4081 N. Holiday Drive in Crystal River was raided by members of the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Impact and Vice Narcotic Unit along with SWAT team members. The men were arrested without incident.
Detectives said a search of the home found “spoons, baggies, and other manufacturing items testing positive for cocaine,” the report said.
A street value of $5,000 in cocaine was recovered according to investigators. Sources tell ABC Action News the men coach the youth football league called the C.R. Bulls.
Their Facebook page said they are part of the Tru Elite Athletes and Mentors. A non-profit founded by former Olympic athlete John Capel. ABC Action News wanted to ask Capel how a convicted felon was hired to coach youth football with elementary school students. Our calls for comment and emails were not answered.
The motto of the non-profit states, “Out goal is to better our kids in every aspect of life.”
But, court documents show the role model hired for that goal is a convicted felon. Atkins, according to inmate records was released from prison in Oct. following a conviction three year prison sentence for cocaine possession and fleeing a law enforcement officer. Prior to that he served time in prison off and on for cocaine convictions in 2006 and 2008.