An Oklahoma lobbyist has been arrested for the possession of cocaine following a traffic stop in northwest Oklahoma City.
According to police, at about 7 p.m. Tuesday, an officer pulled over a vehicle driven by 40-year-old Chad Alexander for a traffic violation at N.W. 36th and Western.
Police say they found 3.35 grams of cocaine and nine pills after a probable cause search of the vehicle.
Alexander was then taken into custody on charges of possession of CDS/cocaine, and possession of CDS without a prescription.
Alexander is a registered lobbyist in Oklahoma. He was also the Chairman of Oklahoma's Republican Party from 2001 to 2003.
Records from the Oklahoma Ethics Commission show Alexander currently lobbies for several entities, including The University of Oklahoma, the Boys and Girls Club of America and Oklahoma Roofing and Sheet Metal.
Alexander is known for his involvement in two groups that have made independent expenditures in support of several Republican candidates, including Oklahomans For A Conservative Future, which has recently funded television ads in support of U.S. Senate candidate T.W. Shannon.
Chad Alexander released the following statement Thursday afternoon:
To My Family, Friends, Colleagues, and Clients –
I regret to inform you that I will be taking a leave of absence from my personal and professional obligations for approximately the next 28 days. I am leaving immediately for inpatient care at the Sante Center for Healing in Argile, TX. Over the course of the last several months, due to the pressure of meeting the demands of my clients at the State Legislature, 15 campaigns, and my duties as a single father, I became personally overwhelmed and started down a path of dependency on chemical substances in an effort to maintain my workload. My dependency on chemical substances unfortunately culminated in my arrest on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 in Oklahoma County. I have hired counsel for my legal matters and am working with them to aggressively pursue the best possible outcomes in my case. What began only a couple of months ago has quickly escalated to a point that has caused me to carefully re-evaluate myself and I am committed to making healthy and permanent changes to prevent anything like this from ever happening again. I deeply apologize for any embarrassment I have caused you, as a person in my life who has both trusted and loved me. Although my actions over the last few months have not met the standards that I strive so hard to maintain both personally and professionally, I want you to know that I am fully committed to dealing with my issues as professionally and proactively as possible. My only hope is that at some point in the future you will be willing to grant me another opportunity to earn your trust and to exhibit to you the healthy changes that I will be incorporating into my life. As ashamed as I am of my decisions and conduct; however, I am both grateful and relieved that this unsustainable lifestyle has been exposed and that I can begin the process of seeking out the best help that I can to make sure that this kind of behavior and these kinds of decisions are behind me once and for all. For the time being, and at the advice of my counsel, I will not be at liberty to further discuss the facts of my arrest and/or case, and I hope that you can respect that. On a case-by-case basis, should it become necessary I would be happy to explore the possibility of more detailed discussions with the advice and consent of my attorney, Tommy Adler, of Atkins and Markoff Law Firm.