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Former coach gets 6 years for drugs

on April 26, 2013 10:30 AM

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A former assistant high school football coach has been sentenced to almost six years in federal prison for his role in a cocaine ring.

Carlos Cleckley, 37, of Beaver Falls, received a 70-month sentence Thursday. He pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to sell cocaine. He formerly coached at Beaver Falls High School, about 30 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.

Authorities said the ring was responsible for most of the cocaine sold in Beaver County. They busted the ring in 2011, seizing a 16-kilogram shipment of cocaine from Texas and $669,000.

U.S. District Judge Alan N. Bloch said Cleckley’s work in youth sports was admirable, yet he was also involved with large amounts of cocaine.

Cleckley said he hopes he can move forward from the mistake.

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