State of Arkansas sues Mid-South coach accused of trafficking steroids for money seized during his arrest

State of Arkansas sues Mid-South coach accused of trafficking steroids for money seized during his arrest
(Source: Greene Co. Sheriff's Office)

PARAGOULD, Ark. (WMC) - The State of Arkansas has filed a civil suit against a Mid-South football coach accused of shipping large amounts of steroids to his home.

According to the filing, the state wants the $1,428 seized during a search of Dex Gardner’s home and vehicle to be forfeited to the Paragould Police Department. The state says the money was either intended for use in exchange for a controlled substance or was the profit of such an exchange and therefore should be awarded to the police department for official use.

Paragould police arrested the 29-year-old coach in October 2019 after receiving a tip from U.S. Customs and Border Patrol that it had seized a shipment of 1,800 grams of steroids and testosterone addressed to Gardner.

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Gardner was an assistant football coach in the Gosnell School District at the time of his arrest. He was placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation, according to Superintendent Bonard Mace.

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