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Posted: Saturday, June 2, 2012 12:00 pm

UPDATE: According to a Bell County court document issued Jan. 31, 2014, "all records and files concerning to the arrest and the charges of possession of marijuana" in Blake Earl Rives' case were ordered to be expunged.

As part of the order, the Killeen Police Department, Bell County government and the Texas Department of Public Safety were ordered to "obliterate" all records of the charges.


A Shoemaker High School coach was placed on administrative leave after police allegedly found him in possession of marijuana on school grounds.

Blake Earl Rives was charged with possession of marijuana, less than 2 ounces, a misdemeanor. Rives has been with the district since August and was listed as a second assistant soccer coach on Shoemaker High School's website.

Rives will remain on administrative leave until the criminal investigation is completed, Killeen Independent School District spokeswoman Leslie Gilmore said Friday.

Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin arraigned Rives Thursday, setting his bond at $5,000. Rives was not in Bell County Jail Friday.

Rives' arrest stems from a May 25 routine drug sweep of Shoemaker High School's parking lot. A drug-sniffing dog named Vegas indicated drugs were possibly located in a Toyota Camry parked at the school, an arrest affidavit states. A records check showed the vehicle belonged to Rives.

Officials located Rives on campus and asked him to come to the parking lot. After being notified that the dog had detected an odor of what possibly could be drugs in his car, he became visibly agitated, the affidavit states.

His face turned "beet red" and Rives began pacing back and forth while muttering expletives, the affidavit states.

Rives refused a search of his car, and the officer notified him that because the dog had shown interest in the vehicle, police had probable cause to search it without his consent.

The officer found a pill bottle in the driver's-side door compartment. Inside were 4.65 grams of a green, leafy substance that field tested positive as marijuana, the affidavit states.

Contact Philip Jankowski at philipj@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7553. Follow him on Twitter at KDHcrime.

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