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Biggies Owner Enters Not Guilty Plea and Demands Jury Trial on Synthetic Drug Charges

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

Judge Mark Stedelin has found probable cause to continue holding the owner of Biggies General Store on four felony drug offenses.  Kelly Alexander of Walnut Hill then waived formal arraignment and entered a not guilty plea and demanded a jury trial on the charges.  

Alexander remains free on $250,000 bond.  He faces two Class 'X' felony charges of possession with intent to deliver more than 200 grams of a controlled substance and single counts of unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance and violation of the Illinois Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act for unlawfully possessing a drug that is misbranded under the Illinois, Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.   

Marion County Sheriff's Department Investigator Anthony Decker outlined the case against Alexander during a preliminary hearing on Wednesday.   One of the possession with Intent to deliver charges follow after a search warrant was executed in May.  The other is based on synthetic drugs allegedly seized in December 2011.   The manufacture of a controlled substance charge is the result of residue of a synthetic drug allegedly found in a large mixing bowl at a Centralia warehouse that Alexander voluntarily gave sheriff's deputies permission to search.   The Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act violation is part of a new law specifically targeting those manufacturing and selling synthetic drugs.   

Judge Stedelin also accepted an unencumbered parcel of land valued at $67,500 as additional bond for Alexander to be able to go on an Alaska cruise with his family.  The security will be released when Alexander returns from the trip.  

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