Ex-East Central coach, son accused in sale of prescription painkillers

Brad Branam
Brad Branam

The son of a former East Central youth baseball coach is accused, along with his father, in the sale of prescription painkillers, authorities confirmed Friday.

Narcotics agents arrested Brandon Newell Branam, 33, of Moss Point, at his job in Jackson County on Wednesday. Agents initially planned to arrest him on one count of sale of the controlled substance, Opana, which is the generic form of oxymorphone, but more charges followed.

Authorities booked him on one sale charge and two possession charges after arresting agents discovered meth and cocaine on him, said Joseph Nicholson, commander and director of the South Mississippi Metro Enforcement Team.

Branam’s father, Hoia Tony Hayes, known as Coach Y to the East Central youth baseball teams he had coached for years in Hurley, was arrested last week in the sale of the same prescription drug, Nicholson said. The arrests are related, Nicholson added.

When narcotics agents arrested Hayes, his job as coach with the East Central Youth Baseball League abruptly ended. Jason Hinkle, president of the baseball league, confirmed Hayes had been relieved of his duties because of the arrest. Hinkle met with parents in the league Monday night.

Father and son are out of jail on bond.

Margaret Baker: 228-896-0538, @Margar45