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Three arrested for prescription drug sales in Alexandria

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Three suspects from Alexandria were arrested Friday following a three-month prescription pill sales investigation by the West Central Minnesota Narcotics Task Force and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

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Markee Letrell Colquitte, 26, Christopher Anthony Patton, 30, and Katie Jo Colquitte are accused of selling 80 prescription Oxycodone pills to undercover officers in Alexandria.

They were charged Monday in Douglas County Court with second and third degree controlled substance crimes and Katie Colquitte was also charged with child endangerment. If convicted, they face a maximum punishment of 25 years in prison and fines of up to $500,000.

The male suspects remained in custody at the Douglas County Jail as of Tuesday morning. Colquitte's bail was set at $7,500 cash or a $75,000 bond while Patton's bail is $2,500 cash or $25,000 bond.

Katie Colquitte was released after paying $1,000 bail.

The Alexandria Police Department and the Douglas County Sheriff's Office assisted in the investigation. More arrests are possible.

WHAT IS OXYCODONE?

Oxycodone, a derivative of opium, is marketed as OxyContin. It's a prescription narcotic pain reliever that was approved by Federal Drug Administration in 1995 to treat patients who require around-the-clock management for moderate to severe pain. The primary reason OxyContin is abused is that this drug, like all opioid narcotics, can produce euphoria (a sense of well-being). Chronic non-medicinal use of euphoric-producing drugs can lead to addiction and dependence. The wide availability of OxyContin is a secondary reason why this drug is popular to use non-medicinally. Although an individual would need a prescription to legally purchase and use OxyContin medicinally, this drug can be easily obtained through illicit channels. The high volume of OxyContin supply available to the public, and the discrepancy between the fair and black market value of the medicine, contributes to diversion, illicit sale, and abuse of OxyContin. The rates of OxyContin misuse and abuse remain high. In 2008, the number of new medical users of OxyContin aged 12 or older was approximately half a million.

(Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration)

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Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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