High School assistant basketball coach arrested on cocaine charges

August 29, 2013 1:28:24 PM PDT
An assistant basketball coach at John F. Kennedy High School in Paterson, New Jersey has been arrested on cocaine charges with intent to distribute.

The Acting Attorney General said Jimmie D. Smith allegedly struck a law enforcement car with his SUV and assaulted detectives during his arrest.

Smith, 41, of Edmund Avenue in Paterson, a full-time instructional aide and freshman basketball coach at John F. Kennedy High School in Paterson, was arrested by detectives of the Division of Criminal Justice Gangs & Organized Crime Bureau, who developed information through an investigation that Smith allegedly was dealing cocaine.

They allegedly found over 7 ounces of powder cocaine in Smith's vehicle following his arrest.

Task force officers for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in Newark assisted in the arrest.

Smith is charged with first-degree possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, second-degree possession of cocaine within 500 feet of a public housing facility, three counts of second-degree aggravated assault, and two counts of third-degree aggravated assault on a police officer.

He is being held on $500,000 cash bail.