Police: Hockey coach made pit stop to mail pot

Police: Hockey coach made pit stop to mail pot
Erick Bjorn Hamlet

ALBANY, Ore. - A hockey coach faces charges of possessing and distributing marijuana, including accusations he had a team member unwittingly transport a box of pot from the coach's home to the team bus.

Erik Bjorn Hamlet, 39, turned himself in to police Saturday morning. He faces charges of possesion and distribution of marijuana.

The investigation started Friday afternoon when staff at Plaza Postal in Albany contacted police about a suspicious package Hamlet tried to ship to New Jersey, police said.

Police found 20 pounds of marijuana with a street value of $65,000 inside.

Police said the investigation revealed that Hamlet had a team member transport the box from the coach's house in Ashland to the team bus and load it onboard for him.

Hamlet is the Assistant Coach and Co-General Manager of the Southern Oregon Spartan Junior A hockey team of the Northern Pacific Hockey League (NORPAC). The team plays against the Eugene Generals hockey team.

The team was en route Friday to Vancouver, Wash., for a game against the Jaguars. The Spartans won the game, 5-1.