Former Red Lion soccer coach arrested on drug charges

Christopher Dornblaser

A former Red Lion Area Senior High School soccer coach is among five Harrisburg-area men charged in connection with distribution of cocaine in Cumberland, Dauphin and Centre counties.

Carlos Mendoza, 52, of 400 S. Arlington Ave., Harrisburg, is charged with 14 counts of delivery of a controlled substance, two counts of corrupt organizations and one count each of criminal conspiracy, criminal use of a communication facility and possession with intent to deliver, according to the attorney general's office.

Mendoza was the head girls soccer coach at Red Lion Area Senior High School until he resigned in the fall of 2015, according to Greg Monskie, director of human resources for the district. Monskie said Mendoza was there for about a year and a half.

The investigation started in September 2015 when someone was arrested in Centre County for possession of cocaine. The person provided information on the source of the cocaine, which led investigators to Mendoza, according to a news release from the state attorney general's office.

Investigators allege some of the transactions occurred at M&J's Pizza in Lower Allen Township. Mendoza is involved with the restaurant in an ownership capacity, according to Jeff Johnson, assistant press secretary for the attorney general.

Mendoza remains in Cumberland County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail.

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