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Kandiyohi teen pleads to selling marijuana at Willmar school

WILLMAR -- A 16-year-old Kandiyohi teen pleaded guilty Wednesday to a felony charge of fourth-degree drug sale for selling marijuana at Willmar Senior High School.

Joseph F. Alvarado will be sentenced April 4 in Kandiyohi County District Court.

He will receive a stay of adjudication on his sentence and a petty misdemeanor charge of possession of a small amount of marijuana will be dismissed.

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 drug Dec. 3 at the senior high.

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. The substance inside the baggie tested positive for marijuana.

Alvarado admitted to selling the drug and said he'd sold marijuana seven times at the school in 2010 and 15 times the year prior. 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 a 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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