A man arrested Tuesday for allegedly selling crack cocaine to a police informant appeared in court Thursday for felony charges.

Corey Lydale Kenneth Blythe, 32, was approved for a public defender, then posted a $20,000 bond for his release after the hearing. He had the option of posting a $5,000 bond with conditions such as drug and alcohol testing, but opted to pay the higher bond.

In order to obtain a bond, people in custody generally have to pay 10 percent of the bond’s value in cash, which isn’t returned by the bonding company.

Blythe was arrested outside his residence at the Cherry Ridge Apartment complex. Agents with the Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force were watching him and knew he didn’t have a driver’s license, so they had a uniformed Mankato Police Department officer pull him over and arrest him, the criminal complaint said.

Blythe also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest in Scott County, where he was wanted for a traffic offense. He also posted $500 to clear that warrant, court records said.

Prior to the arrest, informants had allegedly purchased crack cocaine from two men at the apartment. The informant who made the controlled buy with investigators told them Blythe was one of those men.

A search warrant was executed at the apartment. Task force investigators reported finding a plate with cocaine on it, “corner cut” baggies they said are used to package cocaine for sale and a small amount of marijuana.

Blythe, whose telephone number was included on his bail paperwork, could not be reached for comment Friday. A message on that phone said he doesn’t accept incoming calls.

Civil court records show Blythe has connections to Chicago, as have at least four other drug suspects who have been arrested for cocaine-related charges in the past year. He and Blue Earth County Human Services sued a woman in Chicago for failing to pay child support, court records said.

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