BA wrestling coach arrested on drug charges

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Updated: 11/21/2012 9:46 pm Published: 11/21/2012 3:59 pm

Broken Arrow police arrested a Broken Arrow wrestling coach for selling drugs.

Police arrested Eric Hopkins on charges of possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute; possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony and unlawful use of a surveillance camera in the commission of a felony.

Police say they were on their way to serve a search warrant on Hopkins’ home on Tuesday when they saw him and his children at a nearby convenience store. Police contacted Hopkins as he left the store and told him they had a warrant. 

Police say they detained him and asked if he had any weapons, police say Hopkins told them he had a knife in his pocket. Investigators say they found a pouch with crystal meth in the pocket where the knife was located.

Police say a search of Hopkins’ home also led to a camera surveillance system, numerous methamphetamine pipes and numerous baggies, as well as three firearms. Police say they also found baggies and a digital scale in the vehicle Hopkins was driving when they found him.

Hopkins coached youth wrestling at the Broken Arrow Takedown Club, the club director, John Cockrell, released this statement about the arrest:

This would have been Eric’s third year with youth wrestling. He is a graduate from Broken Arrow with an extensive background in wrestling. He has had two kids in the program and has been a coach in the club. The previous two years, I have never had a problem or situation with Eric. Effective immediately, Eric is no longer and will never be part of this club.

I have been with this club for five years and never dreamed that I would have to deal with a situation like this. Background checks are done on all of our coaches and from my understanding this is his first offense. The coaches are expected to be role models and provide a safe learning environment for our youth. We have a diversified group of wrestlers and coaches in our club and it is very disappointing that they now have to deal with this selfish act. I am now unfortunately challenged with the task of channeling this situation into a learning experience for our youth wrestlers. I will meet with coaches, parents, and wrestlers to explain the severity of this issue and the consequences that follow from poor decision making. With that, hopefully it will turn a negative situation into a positive one.

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