Tuskegee University coach likely to plead guilty in federal drug case

Tuskegee University coach likely to plead guilty in federal drug case
Nickerson is no longer listed under the coaching staff for the university, according to its website.

TUSKEGEE, AL (WSFA) - Tuskegee University football positions coach Ramone Nickerson, 33, will likely plead guilty in a federal drug distribution case.

Nickerson appeared in federal court for a pretrial hearing Wednesday. Nickerson is charged with possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, cocaine, and possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking offense. He's accused of selling cocaine and marijuana in the Tuskegee area.

A federal grand jury indicted Nickerson after he was found with about three ounces of cocaine, a pound of marijuana and a .40 caliber handgun on March 13 in Russell County, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Nickerson's attorney told Judge Wallace Capel they were in a "plea posture," but if the case went to trial, he suspected it would last around three days.

Tuskegee University hasn't commented on the disposition of Nickerson's employment but made this statement in March following his arrest:

"The university has learned of Mr. Nickerson's recent arrest, and because of the active investigation related to these charges, we cannot comment on his legal situation or employment standing at this time."

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