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New Richmond man charged in pot case

Billy L. Alexander Jr.

A New Richmond man made his first court appearance last week on allegations he sold a police informant a quarter-pound of marijuana.

Billy L. Alexander Jr. was released on a signature bond after the Nov. 2 hearing in St. Croix County Circuit Court. The 38-year-old faces active drug charges in multiple cases stretching back to 2014.

According to the latest felony charge, Alexander is accused of selling pot to an informant during a May 18 controlled drug buy.

A criminal complaint states New Richmond police arranged for the informant to buy a quarter-pound of marijuana from Alexander at a New Richmond bar. The informant allegedly told police that Alexander had previously made one-pound deals for $2,800 and that $700 would cover the quarter-pound purchase.

Officers watched from a distance as the informant met Alexander and another man, identified in the complaint as New Richmond resident Kevin M. Green, at Huey's Bar before going somewhere else. Green, 34, faces a felony marijuana charge in a separate case from May.

The informant returned from the alleged transaction and told officers they'd gone to Green's apartment next to the bar. The complaint states the informant referred to Green's place as a "stash house."

Police learned Alexander went into Green's bedroom and brought out a large backpack. According to the charging document, Alexander reached in and pulled out a quarter-pound bag of pot.

The informant told police Alexander also showed him a one-pound bag of pot that the informant termed "crappy weed," the complaint states.

According to the complaint, the informant was concerned about two assault rifles spotted inside the apartment and comments Alexander allegedly made about the possible consequences of being "raided."

Among the charges Alexander faces are two felony counts stemming from a Dec. 16, 2014, raid at his New Richmond home. The raid occurred after Alexander allegedly sold a pound of pot in a controlled buy.

Authorities allegedly found more than two pounds of pot while executing a search warrant on the home.

Alexander's next court hearing on the latest charges is set for Nov. 15.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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