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May 16, 2014

Lobbyist, former Oklahoma GOP chairman arrested

OKLAHOMA CITY — Police say a high-profile lobbyist and former chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party has been arrested on suspicion of drug possession.

Oklahoma City Police Capt. Dexter Nelson said Chad Alexander, 40, was arrested Tuesday after a traffic stop in northwest Oklahoma City. A police report shows that officers found more than three grams of cocaine and nine prescription pills inside a 2014 Mercedes that Alexander was driving.

Sheriff’s spokesman Mark Meyers said Alexander was booked into the Oklahoma County Jail on suspicion of drug possession and released on $5,000 bond.

Criminal charges have not been filed.

Alexander’s clients include the University of Oklahoma and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

Alexander apologized in a statement Thursday and said he was taking a leave of absence for drug addiction treatment.

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