A Panhandle man is charged with selling marijuana out of a home across the street from a school as children were being let out. A sting was set up by the Western Nebraska Intelligence & Narcotics Group (WING) on January 12 after getting a tip about a marijuana deal in Sidney, according to an affidavit. That document says 25 year old Alexander Padilla of Sidney sold 6.8 grams of marijuana to a confidential informant at a house located right across the street from a Sidney elementary school. The deal went down as school was letting out and there were “several young school children and adults present outside.” Padilla was arrested two days later as a passenger in a traffic stop, and was allegedly carrying two plastic baggies of pot. That case is headed for jury trial in May according to County Attorney Paul Schaub. Sheriff Darrell Johnson says Padilla is being held in jail on $50,000 bond, ten-percent. Padilla is scheduled for court in the school zone case on April 12.
Dave Collins, KSID, Sidney