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Sanders delegate charged with selling acid to undercover cops, meth possession

A delegate selected for Sen. Bernie Sanders has stepped down after it was found he had recently been arrested on drug-related charges, some of them felonies. (AP Photo/Sandy Huffaker)
A delegate selected for Sen. Bernie Sanders has stepped down after it was found he had recently been arrested on drug-related charges, some of them felonies. (AP Photo/Sandy Huffaker) AP

Another delegate for the 2016 presidential election has stepped down because of a previous criminal charge, but this time it’s a delegate for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders.

At the Minnesota’s Democratic Farmer Labor Party convention on June 4, John Dillon Wood Neitge of Mankato, Minnesota told Democrats they should support the Vermont senator rather than Hillary Clinton. He described himself as “Venezuelan and Native American and I’m queer as hell,” according to the Independent Journal.

Officials chose him as an at-large delegate for Sanders.

Neitge was previously arrested on nine charges related to the sale and possession of drugs in March.

The 22-year-old was contacted by an agent of the Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force on March 22 to purchase “two hits of acid” and two ounces of marijuana for $505, according to the arrest report. Neitge later sold both the acid and marijuana to the agents in a car in a store parking lot, which was near a school zone, park, public housing, or a drug treatment facility.

Law enforcement later obtained a search warrant for Neitge’s residence and found 2.3 grams of methamphetamine, $3,766 in cash and a total of about 400 grams of marijuana.

After the charges came to light, Neitge was asked to step down as a delegate and complied.

Neitge told the Independent Journal that a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party asked him to step down, but he wasn’t sure who the member represented. He said he had no official contact from the Sanders campaign.

“That being said a great person who was originally elected to be an alternate took my place,” Neigte wrote, “and I’m happy to send strong Sanders supporters like him and the others to Philly to represent Minnesota!”

Delegates for Donald Trump have also stepped down due to criminal charges and public controversy this year. Caleb Bailey was charged with producing child pornography and sending explosives through the mail, while William Johnson stepped down after it was found he participated in white supremacy groups.

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