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ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI) – An assistant coach at Lindenwood University was arrested and jailed late Tuesday afternoon.  He and another man are facing drug charges following a search warrant executed on a St. Charles home.

Kenneth Dale Sims II was an assistant coach for the football team at Lindenwood for about two years.

Neighbors on Southwick Drive in St. Charles won’t soon forget last week’s police raid in the subdivision.  Patty Shannon who lives across the street from the home targeted by police said, “I never seen the SWAT team before…well, I thought what are they doing.”

Benjamin Wilson’s home was search by the St. Charles County Drug Task Force and SWAT team members. Neighbors had been seeing a lot of activity at the home.  One resident, Kathleen Peterson said, “It was the frequent comings and goings and the fact that people were not getting out of the car to go in the house.”

Court papers indicated Wilson said he had been buying marijuana from Kenneth Sims for about a year.  Sims was an assistant football coach until he resigned last week from the university.  A recent graduate, Josh Sampo has this say about the arrest, “It’s unfortunate, a great school they’ve got a great reputation when it comes to athletics and academics for that to happen it’s a shocker big shocker.”

Police said they searched Sims’ Florissant home and found two more large jars of marijuana.

Detectives said they also found 108 grams of marijuana in Sims’ car.

Both men are charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute as well as other crimes. Sims’ bond has been set at $50,000 cash only.