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Vehicular homicide suspect arrested in drug sting

Jacob Dale, a 19-year-old Alexandria man who was charged with three counts of criminal vehicular homicide last summer, now faces drug charges.

Dale and another suspect, Joseph Martin Basiago, 21, of Alexandria, were charged with selling marijuana and Xanax prescription drugs following an undercover drug sting on Sunday.

At about 4:30 a.m., agents from the West Central Minnesota Narcotics Task Force conducted a controlled narcotics buy in Alexandria. An agent allegedly purchased two ounces of marijuana and nine prescription pills from Dale and Basiago.

The two were arrested shortly after the transaction by Alexandria police officers and Douglas County sheriff’s deputies and were transported to the Douglas County Jail. They each face two fifth-degree felony charges for possessing and selling controlled substances. Each count carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Dale was also wanted for violating conditions of his release from an incident that happened a few months ago.

Both suspects are scheduled to appear in court tomorrow, Tuesday.

Dale had been released on bail while his criminal vehicular homicide case proceeds. Those charges stem from a May 25 crash on Interstate 94 that killed 19-year-old Landon Lien of Carlos.

Their vehicle sideswiped a semi and rolled into the median about six miles east of Alexandria.

The criminal complaint alleges that Dale was driving drunk and speeding at the time of the crash.

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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