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Police Cadet, Former Taylor Allderdice Football Coach Arrested For Allegedly Selling Cocaine

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) - A man who was an Allegheny County Police Academy cadet and the former Taylor Allderdice football coach was arrested for allegedly selling cocaine out of his home.

Branndon Pezzelle
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Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced the arrest of Branndon Pezzelle Sr. on Wednesday. He's since been removed from the academy.

According to the AG's office, a search warrant executed at Pezzelle's home turned up more than 1,200 grams of cocaine, approximately $76,000 in cash and equipment for packaging and selling the drug.

The 36-year-old is now facing several drug charges.

"The defendant gained the trust of players and families in Pittsburgh and was seeking to become a police officer -- all while behind the scenes selling poisons in our communities. Branndon Pezzelle has betrayed the people of Pittsburgh-- an area he was vying to serve to protect," said Attorney General Shapiro in a press release.

The AG's office credits the Allegheny County Police Department for playing a "crucial role" in the ongoing investigation.

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