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In a file shot from 2015, Gordon ‘Denny’ Wilhelm stands in his Global Fitness gym in Glens Falls. The former local gym operator who was arrested over the summer with more than a pound of cocaine is scheduled to plead guilty on Jan. 10, court records show.

QUEENSBURY — A former standout basketball player at Glens Falls High School, who owns a gym that trains local youth athletes, has been charged on two felony drug counts, including possession of more than a pound of cocaine.

According to a State Police press release, Gordon “Denny” Wilhelm, 28, and a local woman were charged with the Class A felony of first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, the state’s most serious drug charge, and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell.

Wilhelm was arrested after a traffic stop on the Northway in Queensbury. Also charged was Catherine Peacock, 30, of Glens Falls, who was charged with the same two felonies as Wilhelm, as well as fourth-degree possession of a narcotic drug and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Wilhelm, who played on the same state Class A runnerup team as former NBA player Jimmer Fredette in 2007, owned the popular Global Fitness Gym on Goodwin Avenue and trained many local youth athletes.

State Police did not release many details of the arrest, nor did they release mugshots of Wilhelm or Peacock. The press release said the arrest took place late Saturday night.

Wilhelm and Peacock were arraigned in City of Glens Falls Court and sent to Warren County Jail on no bail.

State Police were assisted by the Glens Falls Police Department and the Warren County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit and patrols.

Wilhelm had previously pleaded guilty to third-degree possession of heroin in 2012 and was released on probation. In that case, he and another woman were arrested Sept. 19, 2011 on Alpine Avenue in Glens Falls in the early morning hours. He completed the Warren County felony drug court program after that arrest. He received one year of interim probation, followed by five years of probation.

Wilhelm, who also played football at Glens Falls, played three years at Albany University and a year at Castleton State College, according to his biography on the Global Fitness website. He was a quarterback in high school and was also the quarterback for the Glens Falls Greenjackets in 2016.

He has owned the gym since October 2015 and was its manager prior to that.

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