Resident pleads not guilty to drug charges

Published 6:51 am Friday, February 5, 2010

An Austin man accused of selling methamphetamine to a police informant pleaded not guilty to multiple felony drug charges Thursday.

According to a criminal complaint, Brandon William Rider, 36, sold a total of 11.7 grams of meth on three separate occasions in November.

The first deal went down on Nov. 4. An informant went to make a purchase at 1157 Fifth Place SE while under police surveillance and bought 1.9 grams of meth, the complaint states.

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During the deal, police heard Rider talking about going to Washington state to buy more drugs, the complaint states.

The next day, the informant met Rider at the same location and bought 5.1 grams of meth. The final deal came on Nov. 9 at 1806 Oakland Ave. East.

Rider has a previous felony drug conviction from a 2005 case in Indiana. He is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing May 6. His trial would then begin May 17.