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Tuskegee assistant football coach accused of selling cocaine, pot

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - An assistant football coach at Tuskegee University is accused of selling cocaine and marijuana in Alabama.
    
U.S. Attorney Louis V. Franklin Sr. says in a statement that 33-year-old Ramone Jardon Nickerson was arrested Wednesday. Prosecutors say the Phenix City man was indicted by a grand jury after being found with roughly 3 ounces of cocaine, a pound of marijuana and a .40-caliber handgun March 13 in Russell County.
    
Tuskegee's website says the alumnus coached cornerbacks and was a four-year starter before joining the coaching staff in 2006.
    
If convicted, Nickerson could be sentenced to a maximum 20 years in prison for drug trafficking charges and at least 5 years for a related gun charge. There's no parole in the federal system.
    
It is unclear if Nickerson has a lawyer.


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