Danbury youth coach ‘relieved’ of all duties after drug trafficking arrest


DANBURY – Police Activities League released the youth basketball coach arrested on drug trafficking charges last week.

Samuel Perkins, 33, was “removed from all of his coaching duties with immediate effect,” PAL said in a statement written by executive director Vince Jackson and Farley Santos, chairman of the board of PAL.

Perkins and Kayla Martin, 24, were each charged last Wednesday with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, two counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell and possession of drug accessories.

“We find the nature of these accusations extremely serious and puzzling,” said Jackson and Santos.

Police had investigated Perkins after receiving complaints that he was dealing drugs in the town. At approximately 5:30 pm on December 8, police said they saw Perkins enter the PAL building after carrying out “suspicious drug deals throughout the Danbury area”.

He left the building about an hour later with Martin, and police followed them to a restaurant, where officers arrested them and executed search and seizure warrants. Police said they found a “substantial amount of money and illegal drugs” in the car, as well as in Perkins and Martin’s home.

They were treated at the Danbury Police Department and released to appear in court at a later date and time, police said.

PAL runs 18 programs for young people throughout the year, serving 900 families in the region and more than 4,000 children between the ages of 5 and 18. More than 15,000 people use the PAL center for various community, organizational and private events.

“PAL was founded in 1964 with the goal of providing children with a safe and healthy alternative to drugs, violence and crime,” said Jackson and Santos. “PAL will be working with the Danbury Police Department on this matter. The Board of Directors and appropriate staff have been made aware of this incident and we will continue to provide updates as they become available. “


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