AR Youth Football Coach Arrested on Drug Charges

CRITTENDEN CO., Ark. -- The Vice President of the NAACP's Crittenden County chapter has been suspended after he was busted for drugs.

Kyle Watkins and two other men were arrested in Shelby County on January 19th after a sting operation.

Watkins is also youth coach and mentor in Crittenden County.

Watkins' uncle, Lee Watkins, lives in Proctor, Arkansas. He said, "He's my nephew, and when I heard about it I was shocked. And disappointed."

Lee Watkins says he sticks to his guns when it comes to right and wrong saying, "I know it's not right I'm not trying to tear him down because of what happened. But he holds a youth minister position working with youth and youth football. He's not leading by example. You got to lead by example."

According to the affidavit, Kyle Watkins and another man picked up a package at home in the 37-hundred block of Miami in Shelby County. The package contained 925 grams of Methamphetamine.

Marijuana and more than a thousand dollars cash was also found in their possession.

According to the homeowner, he allowed Watkins to use his address for package deliveries. In return, he paid the homeowner with marijuana.

Watkins uncle is disappointed and embarrassed.

"I wish him the best, but I really hope the NAACP understands the severity of this act and take appropriate actions," said Lee.

A spokesperson for the NAACP says Watkins is suspended from official duties pending the outcome of the investigation.

Watkins posted bond on January 27th. He's scheduled to be court on Monday.

The Crittenden County NAACP will hold a news conference tomorrow morning at 9 am to talk about the charges against Watkins and how they plan to move forward.

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