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Willmar man sentenced to prison for drug sales, possession near school

Brandon Alvin Mead

Brandon Alvin Mead, 24, of Willmar, was sentenced to 51 months in prison Monday on two third-degree drug sale charges for selling methamphetamine to a drug task force informant near one of Willmar's elementary schools and for drugs found during a search of his home.

As part of his sentence handed down by Judge Kathryn N. Smith in Kandiyohi County District Court, Mead was fined $100 and given credit for 125 days already served in jail. Under a plea agreement, the charges were reduced from second-degree counts and another felony for drug sale and a petty misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia were dismissed.

One of the charges was filed after a CEE-VI Drug Task Force informant purchased 3.7 grams of meth from Mead for $350 on Feb. 20. The sale happened within one city block of Kennedy Elementary School.

The other set of charges was filed after CEE-VI agents served a search warrant on Mead's home on March 4. Officers found, with the assistance of a K-9 unit, 4.2 grams of meth and 86.4 grams of marijuana stashed in a basement wall. They also found numerous items of drug paraphernalia, plus pills and unidentifiable drugs.

Mead's record includes fifth-degree controlled substance convictions in January 2006, April 2008 and December 2008 in Kandiyohi County, plus a felony firearm conviction in 2002 in Meeker County.