Man on probation charged for selling drugs near school
Jeremiah Okang Alaye, also known as Jeremiah Okang Nyikew, 23, of Austin was charged on Friday in Mower County District Court with felony fourth-degree selling marijuana in a school zone and felony fifth-degree drug possession.
According to the court complaint, police obtained a search warrant at 1:10 p.m. on Wednesday for Alaye, his vehicle and his residence in the 100 block of Fifth Street Southwest, which is in a school zone. Two detectives set up surveillance on his residence and detained Alaye when he saw them.
Police executed the search warrant at 1:25 p.m. and allegedly found approximately 379 grams of marijuana, much of which was allegedly packaged for sale, and two digital scales within the residence. Alaye’s phone was also seized pending another search warrant.
When an officer questioned him, Alaye allegedly said, “You got my weed. What else is there to speak about?”
Alaye is on probation for two prior drug felonies.
Felony fourth-degree selling of marijuana in a school zone carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $100,000 fine while felony fifth-degree drug possession carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Alaye will appear in court again on Jan. 18