Minden Press-Herald

Oct 01st

CA coach nailed for drugs

jasonjulieclayA Claiborne Academy football coach and teacher has been arrested on drug charges near his Sarepta residence by local law enforcement.

Reuben Clay (Coach) Arnold, 36, of the 100 block of Blocker Road, Sarepta, is charged with two counts of distribution of CDS Sch. II (methamphetamine), possession of CDS Sch. II with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Also arrested at Arnold's residence were Julie Taylor, 30, and Jason A. (Taylor-made) Taylor, 28, of the 100 block of Blocker Road.

Both are charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.

On Thursday, Lt. Shawn Baker, Webster Parish Sheriff's Office, Springhill Police Chief Will Lynd and Springhill Det. Ronald Wedgeworth went to Arnold's residence intending to serve two warrants for distribution of methamphetamine.

According to Lynd, Clay's arrest was the culmination of a three-month investigation where the Webster Narcotics Task Force made two undercover buys from him.

Officers reportedly staged a location near his home and waited for him to go to work. When Arnold left his home in his vehicle, Springhill officers initiated a traffic stop and arrested him on two warrants for distribution of methamphetamine.

During the traffic stop, officers searched Arnold's person and reportedly found about a quarter gram of methamphetamine in his wallet.

"We went back to his residence and during the search of his residence, we found another three grams of methamphetamine plus needles and other drug paraphernalia," Lynd said.

Agents also reportedly located digital scales, syringes, burnt tin foil, cut straws and several other items of drug paraphernalia.

Arnold reportedly told agents that Julie and Jason Taylor were inside the residence. Baker said he located Julie Taylor in the living room area

"Jason Taylor was in the bathroom preparing a spoon of methamphetamine to be injected in his person," Baker said.

Jim Colvin, president of Claiborne Academy board of directors said Arnold was terminated effective the day of his arrest. A full criminal background check was run on his date of hire and his record came back with no blemishes, he said.

"We have great faculty members out there (at Claiborne Academy)," he said. "Coach Arnold was passionate about football and the kids loved him. We were all shocked by the whole thing."

(Michelle Bates, editor of the Guardian Journal in Homer, contributed to this story.)






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