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High school coach arrested for trafficking drugs
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High school coach arrested for trafficking drugs

Bradenton, Florida - A high school baseball coach in Manatee County is under arrest facing drug trafficking charges following a year-long investigation.

Detectives with the Manatee County Sheriff's Office say 35-year-old Frankie Sanders sold prescription pills to undercover detectives on several occasions before his arrest Monday.

He was taken into custody around 8:30 Monday morning in the parking lot of the Blake Medical Center where detectives say they spotted him during a suspected drug deal, with his three-year-old son in the car.

"He was cooperative. He took us over to the house where we were able to go through the house," said Manatee Sheriff's spokesman Randy Warren.

There detectives say they seized $20,000 in cash along with 60 grams of cocaine, 92 grams of Oxycodone tablets and two grams of Xanex. The street value of drugs seized in estimated at $16,000.

Sanders is the assistant baseball coach at Manatee High School. Sheriff's investigators say they have no evidence to suggest he sold drugs to students at the school. School district officials say he will likely be placed on unpaid leave at the next school board meeting in January, pending the results on the criminal investigation.

He's currently facing multiple charges for sale of a controlled substance and trafficking of a controlled substance. He remained in custody Monday night held on $250,000 bond.

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