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November 20, 2014
Ex-Sayreville High School coach indicted on steroid possession charge


Charlie Garcia — the former assistant football coach at Sayreville War Memorial High School who, police say, was pulled over with steroids in his vehicle — has been indicted on drug possession charges. The formal indictment on a third-degree charge of possession of a controlled dangerous substance was filed Wednesday in Somerset County Superior Court. Garcia, 38, of South Plainfield, was arrested during a traffic stop on Route 22 in Bridgewater and charged with possession of steroids and possession of paraphernalia after a police search of his pickup. They found two boxes of 400 mg steroids, as well as 14 individually sealed and capped syringes, authorities have said. He later resigned from his position at the school. Garcia has been recommended for pre-trial intervention, a form of probation. Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office spokesman Jack Bennett said an indictment would not affect such a recommendation, but didn’t comment specifically on Garcia’s case. Reached by phone on Wednesday evening, Garcia declined to comment, referring all questions to his lawyer, Philip Nettl. Nettl could not be reached for comment. Nettl has previously told NJ Advance Media that his client didn’t give steroids to any of the players on the Sayreville High School team. Documents provided to NJ Advance Media after a public-records request show school officials reacted quickly to his arrest. About 10 minutes after the Bridgewater police chief sent Sayreville Superintendent Richard Labbe a police report detailing the steroid allegations, Labbe sent an email ordering Garcia to be fired. Garcia’s name surfaced Oct. 2 after the much-anticipated Sayreville-South Brunswick football game was canceled hours before kickoff. But school officials said the cancellation was not related to Garica’s legal situation. Officials later announced an investigation into alleged hazing incidents, and the cancellation of the entire football season. Earlier this month, authorities charged seven Sayreville football players for their alleged roles in a string of sexual assault and hazing incidents investigators say occurred during a 10-day span in September. Garcia made request for the pre-trial intervention program — through which an alleged offender can avoid jail time — in October, according to court documents. http://www.nj.com/somerset/index.ssf/2014/11/ex-sayreville_coach_indicted_on_drug_possession.html