Florida Assistant Arrested on Drug Charges
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) _ Florida basketball administrative assistant Major Parker has been arrested on charges of selling half a kilogram of cocaine to an undercover officer, a U.S. attorney said Wednesday.
Parker, a former captain on Florida’s team that made it to the Final Four in 2000, was arrested Tuesday and charged with selling the drug to an undercover Gainesville Police Department officer for $12,800, said Jerry Sanford, managing assistant for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Parker appeared in federal court Wednesday before a U.S. magistrate and was arraigned on a criminal complaint. He was being held in the Alachua County Jail awaiting formal federal charges, Sanford said.
Parker and Farrah Stephanie Moise were charged by police with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, Sanford said.
The 26-year-old Parker was suspended indefinitely.
``He has been suspended and will not perform any of his daily responsibilities with the program until the judicial process is complete,″ athletic director Jeremy Foley said.
Parker was one of coach Billy Donovan’s first recruits. He played for the Gators from 1997 to 2001 and finished his career with 579 points.
Parker took over as Donovan’s special assistant in September 2003 after a two-year minor league basketball career.
Donovan refused to comment on the arrest.
``I have no information and am not in position to comment at this time,″ he said.