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Prominent lobbyist, former head of Oklahoma Republican Party arrested on drug complaints

Chad Alexander, lobbyist and former head of the Oklahoma GOP, was arrested on a complaint of possession of cocaine.
by Rick Green Modified: May 15, 2014 at 10:21 pm •  Published: May 15, 2014

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Chad Alexander, a prominent lobbyist and former chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party, was arrested on drug complaints after a traffic stop in Oklahoma City in which police officers said they found cocaine and pills.

He was booked in the Oklahoma County jail after his arrest Tuesday evening and was released after posting $5,000 bail, officials said Thursday.

A police report indicates Alexander was arrested on complaints of possession of 3.35 grams of cocaine and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, which consisted of nine pills. His 2014 Mercedes-Benz was searched after he was pulled over about 7:20 p.m. at NW 36 and Western Ave., because his vehicle was “straddling lane lines,” according to a court affidavit. The affidavit stated the controlled substance was the painkiller oxycodone.

There was no mention in the police report or the court affidavit of any passengers.

Alexander, 40, of Choctaw, released a statement saying he is taking a leave of absence to seek treatment at an Argyle, Texas, drug rehabilitation center after demanding responsibilities led him to substance abuse.

“I regret to inform you that I will be taking a leave of absence from my personal and professional obligations for approximately the next 28 days,” he said in the statement. “I am leaving immediately for inpatient care at the Sante Center for Healing.

“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.

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by Rick Green
Capitol Bureau Chief
Rick Green is the Capitol Bureau Chief of The Oklahoman. A graduate of Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif., he worked as news editor for The Associated Press in Oklahoma City before joining The Oklahoman.
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