South Jersey High School Head Coach Arrested In Drug Bust


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A head coach at a New Jersey high school who once wanted to be a state trooper was arrested in a big drug bust, police announced this week.

Stevan Austino, 26, who is the head soccer coach at Buena Regional High School, was arrested with 31-year-old Michael Wilcox of Philadelphia after a two-month investigation in Franklin Township, police said.

Austino, of Vineland, was arrested after Franklin Township Police conducted a motor vehicle stop on Tuesday, January 22 in the parking lot of a Malaga business, police said.

Detectives executed search warrants on the vehicles of Wilcox and Austino as well as a residence where the soccer coach had been staying in Hammonton, police said.

Detectives seized over 6 pounds of raw marijuana and 2 pounds of edible marijuana candies during the search, police said. Approximately $10,000 in cash was also seized as a result of the investigation.

Austino has been head coach of the Buena boys soccer team since 2017, according to The Press of Atlantic City. He graduated from Buena Regional in 2010 and Rutgers University-Camden in 2014, where he played soccer (see photo).

His Rutgers-Camden profile said he was a transfer from Cumberland County College before joining the Rutgers-Camden men’s soccer program in 2012. He played two seasons at Cumberland County College where he collected 25 goals, 12 assists and 62 points over 21 career games.

His profile said he was a criminal Justice major at Rutgers-Camden who planned to become a state trooper.

Austino was charged with distribution of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, conspiracy to distribute marijuana and additional CDS/paraphernalia charges.

The below photo depicts the edible candies that were seized as a warning to parents that shows the different forms that marijuana and other drugs may come in.