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Judge okays evidence in ex-football star's trial

The drugs and a firearm that a law officer seized from Jamie Simmons' vehicle can be used as evidence against the former Crystal River High School football star, a judge ruled Monday. Simmons, 20, was arrested May 11 and charged with cocaine-related offenses, court records show. Simmons' lawyer, Michael A. Schwartzberg, argued that a Citrus County sheriff's deputy had no authority to search the Ford Bronco, which held crack cocaine and a 9mm pistol.

But Circuit Judge John Thurman agreed with the state, which pointed out that a confidential informant had told a Sheriff's Office investigator that Simmons would be driving the Bronco and carrying the illegal drugs. Because of scheduling conflicts, Simmons' trial has been delayed until January.

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