Hundreds of students play middle school baseball every year in Tennessee and around the country. Umpires are employed to officiate games and ensure that players and coaches abide by the established rules. Recent reports state that a Pulaski umpire who had begun officiating games this spring faces drug charges.
The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association executive director shared that a 42-year-old umpire was arrested after police say they discovered drugs and weapons in his home. Officers with the Pulaski Police Department claim they found nearly a pound of methamphetamine in the search. According to drug agents, this amount of meth would have a street value exceeding $25,000.
Court documents state that several weapons were also discovered in the man's home. He has been charged with possession of marijuana for resale and possession of meth for resale. Additional charges include criminal conspiracy and possession of a firearm in commission of a felony. The man's wife also faces drugs charges, according to reports. In addition, authorities say a male accomplice involved in the alleged incident has been charged.
The umpire had reportedly worked several middle school ball games, training with more experienced officials. According to the TSSAA, there had been no issues with the man's performance. However, the agency stated that he worked his final game at the end of April.
A conviction for drug charges in Tennessee could result in serious consequences, including jail time. Anyone facing such charges has the right to defend themselves. An experienced attorney can provide valuable guidance in understanding any specific charges and mounting a rigorous defense. A knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer will strive to obtain the most favorable outcome for a client.
Source: wkrn.com, "First-year umpire in Maury, Giles counties arrested for serious drug felonies", Andy Cordon, May 10, 2017