Major Parker indicted

The Gators' basketball staff assistant and former player faces drug charges.

Published: Thursday, January 6, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 6, 2005 at 1:20 a.m.

Florida basketball staff assistant Major Parker and a co-defendant were indicted Tuesday on drug charges.

Parker and Farrah Stephanie Moise were indicted on one count of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine, and five counts of distributing cocaine, said Jerry Sanford, the managing assistant U.S. Attorney in Gainesville.

The first and sixth counts of the indictments carry a minimum of five years in prison and a maximum of 40. The other counts carry sentences of one to 20 years.

Parker and Moise must appear before a federal magistrate in Gainesville and enter a plea. A trial date will be set then. Sanford said a date has not been set for the appearance, but added that it usually occurs within seven days.

Parker and Moise were arrested Dec. 7 for allegedly trying to sell half a kilogram of cocaine for $12,800 to an undercover Gainesville Police Department officer. According to an incident report, Moise and Parker had been the subject of an investigation by the GPD and Drug Enforcement Administration agents since November.

Parker, 26, was suspended indefinitely Dec. 8.

He was coach Billy Donovan's first recruit at Florida. He played for the Gators from 1997-01 and finished his career with 579 points.

Parker took over as Donovan's special assistant in September 2003 after a two-year minor league basketball career. He helped run summer camps and assisted in recruiting.

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