A West Montgomery High School football coach and a varsity football player are facing drug charges after their arrests earlier this week.
Troy Police say 31-year-old Derrick Lamar Drake was driving a 1997 Cadillac when they stopped it at 2:23 p.m., Mon., Sep. 1. In his incident report, Officer J. S. Barker said he responded to an anonymous 911 call alleging that two men were selling drugs at the Rocky Knoll Apartments.
Barker said he arrived at the apartments in time to see the men leaving, and he followed the car for a short distance before pulling it over in the parking lot of Montgomery Square Shopping Center on Albemarle Road.
According to Barker’s account, Officer T. H. Monroe smelled marijuana from the passenger side of the vehicle, and Drake told officers he had smoked some earlier. The officers allege that Drake was attempting to produce what he claimed was an empty bag when he pulled a full bag of marijuana from the driver’s side door.
While officers were handcuffing Drake, they say his passenger, 17-year-old Dayquan Shyheim Jones, began to move something in his pocket. Barker said Jones was searched, and that a bag containing nine smaller bags of marijuana was discovered.
Officers charged Derrick Drake with three misdemeanors: Possession of marijuana (less than 0.5 oz.), possession of drug equipment/paraphernalia, and operating a motor vehicle without insurance. He was taken to the Montgomery County Jail and placed under $1,500 unsecured bond.
Dayquan Jones was charged with felony possession of marijuana with intent to sell or distribute, and with two misdemeanors: Possession of marijuana (less than 0.5 oz.) and possession of drug equipment/paraphernalia. Jones was transported to Montgomery County Jail and placed under $1,500 secured bond. A source at the jail said Jones was processed into the center at 4:30 p.m. Monday, and his bond was posted at 5 p.m.
At the time of his arrest, Derrick Drake was employed part-time as a custodian at West Montgomery High School, and he also served as an assistant football coach. Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Dr. Dale Ellis confirmed that Drake has resigned both positions.
Dayquan Jones is a senior at West Montgomery, and has also been a starting player on the varsity football team.
Both men are scheduled to appear Oct. 7 in Montgomery County District Court.
Dr. Ellis said he could not comment much because of personnel and student privacy concerns. Still, he said, “It was a very unfortunate situation and we were disappointed to learn of it.”