Fort Campbell coach charged with selling meth

Fort Campbell coach charged with selling meth


Fort Campbell coach charged with selling meth


CLARKSVILLE — Fort Campbell High School head baseball coach Lance Martin Loeffler is facing multiple charges after drugs and guns were found in his truck during a traffic stop and he admitted to police “he had been selling crystal methamphetamine to make some extra cash,” according to an arrest warrant.

Lance Loeffler

Lance Loeffler

Loeffler, 41, who is also a substitute teacher at a Fort Campbell Middle School, was arrested June 9 and charged with possession of methamphetamine for resale, unlawful drug paraphernalia and possession of firearms during the commission of a dangerous felony. He also had heroin in his truck, according to the warrant.

A Clarksville Police officer stopped Loeffler in his F-150 on Greenwood Avenue because he was not wearing a seat belt. A passenger, Samantha Clark, had just been seen going into a home on Central Avenue “known for drug trafficking” and then returning to the truck, Loeffler’s arrest warrant states.

During the traffic stop, Clark told an officer there was drug paraphernalia in the vehicle and during a search, police found a black case that contained apple bags, a pipe, a baggie of brown powder, two baggies containing a crystal substance, straw and spoon in the center console, according to the warrant.

Behind Loeffler’s seat, police found a black bag containing a digital scale and six pistols, the warrant state.

A rifle in a case was found in the back seat and another digital scale was located in the front seat area.

A portion of the crystal substance field tested positive for methamphetamine and a brown substance tested positive for heroin, the warrant states.

Loeffler told police in an interview that someone gave him the heroin and that he had been selling crystal meth to make money.

Loeffler, who gave a Clearwood Lane address, was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on $61,000 bond.

Loeffler was the most recent baseball coach and he was the most recent head coach. The season ended in May and each year coaches have to reapply, school officials said.

A parent of a former player, Jennifer Lay, said she pulled her son from the team for other problems, not related to the arrest.

She said she was the one who notified the school of Loeffler’s arrest after seeing his mugshot.

“All the military kids have are sports,” she said. “It’s sad, is what it is.”

She said Loeffler was a former Army pilot who was medically retired after being shot down in Iraq.

“We’re all lucky nothing serious happened,” she said.

Attempts to reach Loeffler were unsuccessful.

Clark was not listed in the jail log for the same date. Clarksville Police Spokeswoman Natalie Hall said the case is part of an active information and additional information was not available.

Reach Breaking News Reporter Stephanie Ingersoll at 245-0267 or on Twitter @StephLeaf.


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