Polk County, Florida - A Haines City High School assistant football coach and two men have been arrested on drug trafficking charges.
Chad Alexander, who is also a substitute teacher at the school, was arrested on Wednesday by a deputy with the Polk County Sheriff's Office.
According to reports, detectives saw the men smoking pot in parked car at a Lake Wales gas station.
Shortly after they left, the detectives say they pulled the vehicle over, searched their rented car and found a trafficking amount of drugs.
Among the items reportedly found in the car- plastic baggies containing 43 xanax pills, 14 grams of methamphetamine, a quarter pound of marijuana, plus a scale that contained marijuana and meth residue.
The vehicle was rented by Alexander, who was in the passenger seat when the vehicle was pulled over.
Alexander has been charged with one count Trafficking in Meth; one count Maintaining a Vehicle for Drug Trafficking; one count Possession of Alprazolam (Xanax) with Intent to Sell; one count Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Sell; one count Possession of Marijuana Over 20 Grams; and one count Possession of Paraphernalia.
The shocking charge against a man that some students considered to be motivating and very positive was the buzz on the school's campus Thursday.
"Just the other day I had him as a substitute teacher and I would never think he was like that. I mean he seemed really cool and relaxed, but I didn't think that he would do such a thing," said Yanelisse Rivera, a Haines City High School Senior.
10 News caught up with a football player who does not believe the charges against Alexander.
"I think he was just with them at the wrong place at the wrong time- you know," said Alex Santos, an offensive lineman for the Haines City High School Hornets.
The two other men in the car with Alexander at the time of his arrest have been identified as Michael Gray and Paul Burr.
Burr and Alexander face nearly identical charges of drug trafficking.
Gray has been charged with one count Possession of Marijuana Under 20 Grams and one count Possession of Paraphernalia.