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Teen faces drug sale charge for selling pot at high school

WILLMAR -- A 16-year-old Kandiyohi teen pleaded not guilty Monday to a felony charge of fourth-degree drug sale for allegedly selling marijuana at the Willmar Senior High School.

Joseph F. Alvarado also faces a petty misdemeanor charge of possession of a small amount of marijuana in Kandiyohi County District Court. His next appearance is Feb. 16.

Felony charges against 16- and 17-year-old juveniles are public record.

According to petition, a Willmar Police officer working as the school resource officer was contacted by a parent Dec. 6, who informed the officer their child had used marijuana over the weekend.

The parent said the child purchased the drugs at the school Dec. 3.

The officer and school officials met with the student, who said he'd purchased the drugs from Alvarado around 2:30 p.m. Dec. 3 in a school bathroom. The student said he paid $20 for the pot.

Alvarado was brought to the school office and patted down. A small baggie was found on his person and tested positive for marijuana.

He allegedly admitted to selling the drugs to the other teen and said he'd sold marijuana seven times in 2010 year and 15 times the year prior at the high school. He had $21 in his pocket, which he said was from drug sales.

He also said he was the middle man and split profits from the drug sales with an supplier he refused to name.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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