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Teen gets probation for selling pot at high school

WILLMAR -- A 16-year-old Kandiyohi boy was sentenced Monday to six months of probation and 40 hours of community service on a felony fourth-degree drug sale for selling marijuana at Willmar Senior High School.

Joseph F. Alvarado was also ordered to not use alcohol or controlled substances, to submit to testing and to write a letter of apology to Willmar High School as part of his sentence handed down in Kandiyohi County District Court.

He received a stay of adjudication on his sentence and a petty misdemeanor charge of possession of a small amount of marijuana was dismissed.

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

The charges were filed after 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 had 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 plastic bag was found on his person. The substance inside the bag tested positive for marijuana.

Alvarado admitted to selling the drug and said he had 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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