The Oklahoma City man accused of selling cocaine to Chad Alexander described the prominent political consultant and lobbyist as “out of control,” police said.
Sammy D. Dehart, 41, was charged Monday in Oklahoma County District Court with cocaine distribution. He was arrested Wednesday.
Dehart is accused in the felony charge of delivering cocaine to Alexander on May 13.
Alexander was arrested that evening shortly after a police inspector saw him and Dehart inside a car at the Deep Fork Grill in north Oklahoma City. Alexander admitted purchasing $200 worth of cocaine that evening for his personal use, police said.
Before his arrest, Alexander, a former Republican Party chairman, was considered one of the state’s most influential political consultants. As a lobbyist, he has helped the University of Oklahoma and others with issues at the state Capitol.
OU did not renew his contract.
Even in an election year, his arrest has become the talk of political circles in the state.
Questioned June 30, Dehart admitted he sold cocaine to Alexander, police Inspector Tobias Frederick reported in a court affidavit. Dehart said he was doing a friend a favor, the inspector reported.
“Dehart stated that Alexander was out of control,” the inspector also reported in the affidavit. The statement was not further explained.
“Chad Alexander is happier and healthier than he was before all of this started,” his defense attorney, Tommy Adler, said. “He’s in absolute control of his life now, despite what somebody’s opinion may have been about him before he got the help that he needed.
“I’m positive Mr. Alexander’s best days are in front of him.”
Alexander was charged in May with two felony counts of drug possession and a misdemeanor count of obstructing a police officer in the performance of his official duty. His next court date is in September.
Alexander, 41, of Choctaw, is accused in the felony counts of illegally possessing cocaine and illegally possessing prescription pain pills. He is accused in the misdemeanor count of telling an Oklahoma City police officer he was a Cleveland County assistant district attorney.
Texas rehab center
After his arrest, Alexander spent time in a rehabilitation center in Texas.
“Over the course of the last several months, due to the pressure of meeting the demands of my clients at the state Legislature, 15 campaigns and my duties as a single father, I became personally overwhelmed and started down a path of dependency on chemical substances in an effort to maintain my workload,” Alexander said in a statement after his arrest.
Dehart has been under police and FBI surveillance and was involved in operating an Oklahoma City tattoo shop, records show. He no longer is with the tattoo shop, its current owner said.
Dehart’s defense attorney, Jason Lowe, said: “He’s innocent. ... He didn’t sell anything to anyone. Actually, the police department has been harassing him — pulling him over and stopping him and basically violating his rights — for months now. He’s not a drug dealer.”