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Colo. HS football coach resigns after drug sweep of school's parking lot

An incident report said the coach drove a player’s car away from the school parking lot just after he was informed of drug sweep

By PoliceOne Staff

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. —  A high school football coach has resigned after a drug sweep of the school’s parking lot.

According to an Aug. 24 incident report obtained by The Denver Channel, Mark Robinson drove a football player’s car away from the school’s parking lot just after he was informed by police that a K-9 unit was coming to do a drug sweep of the lot.

Two security officers told deputies they saw Robinson drive away in a student’s vehicle. Robinson told security that he was putting gas in the car and would return. He returned without the car.

The deputy assisting the K-9 unit was then told that the car was parked off-campus at Robinson’s home. After confirming with his sergeant, the deputy brought the K-9 to the student’s car. The canine determined a positive hit, according to the report.

The student was questioned by the deputy and asked to give consent to search the vehicle. The student allegedly told the officer that he left his car home that day, but couldn’t remember his street name. The student told the deputy that he had given Robinson his keys earlier so he could get him “some personal items like shoes or clothes or something.”

The student was informed of the positive hit on his car, but the student said he didn’t want his car searched because “he just doesn’t like cops like that.” He was released to return to class and no charges were filed.

Robinson said in his resignation letter on Friday that he was “slipping” in his duties as head coach. The school confirmed that he is no longer the football coach or employed by the Douglas County School District.


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