Coach charged in drug case
Published 1:59 pm Monday, May 11, 2009
By By Kerry Whipple Bean
Brewton Middle School teacher and T.R. Miller assistant coach was arrested Friday night after an undercover drug operation, Brewton Police Chief Monte McGougin said Saturday.
Daniel Wilson, age and address unavailable, was charged with possession of marijuana, distribution of a controlled substance, and distribution of drug paraphernalia, McGougin said. Wilson remained in the Escambia County jail Saturday awaiting a bond hearing Monday.
Wilson was arrested at a room at the Brewton Days Inn shortly after 9 p.m. Friday, McGougin said, but Brewton Police Department narcotics officers had been investigating Wilson for about three months.
Friday night, an undercover officer called Wilson and ordered one ounce of marijuana, McGougin said. When Wilson arrived at the hotel room, officers had set up audio and video equipment to record the transaction, McGougin said. Wilson had brought a pipe for the undercover officer to smoke the marijuana, McGougin said.
The undercover officer paid with marked bills, then gave a signal to nearby police, who arrested Wilson.
While Friday’s arrest was quick, McGougin said officers had been watching Wilson for some time.
Wilson teaches physical education at Brewton Middle School and is an assistant football coach for T.R. Miller High School.
Brewton City Schools Superintendent Lynn Smith said he was shocked by the charges but could not make a further comment about Wilson until he had more information about the incident.
McGougin said there were “rumors” Wilson had sold drugs to students.
The investigation is continuing. McGougin said he did not know if there would be any more charges.