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Meth dealer sentenced to six years in prison

WORTHINGTON -- A Worthington man who pleaded guilty in September to selling methamphetamine in 2009 will be given two weeks to finish some home repairs before reporting to prison for a 74 months sentence.

Judge George Harrelson had no objection to a request from Oang Tony Voravong to allow him the extra time to get his house in order before he presents himself at the Nobles County Jail for transport to the correctional facility in St. Cloud.

Voravong, 41, was arrested in May 2009 and charged with first-degree controlled substance sale after allegedly selling meth to a confidential informant on three different occasions.

In the following two years, jury trials were scheduled and then cancelled three times.

In April 2011, Voravong was arrested for possession of meth after Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force agents executed a search warrant at his residence.

Four baggies of approximately 8 grams of meth were located in the house, and another baggie with a plastic spoon were found in a coat pocket.

A scale and tubing were also found. Both tested positive for meth. At that time, Voravong allegedly told authorities he uses the scale to weight his meth, but had not sold any yet.

In September, he entered into a plea agreement with the state, pleading to the first-degree sale and second-degree possession of meth. He was sentenced to 74 months and 68 months, which will run concurrently. He was also ordered to pay restitution of $2,100 -- the amount spent on buy money during his confidential informant sales.

Defense attorney Brockton Hunter said Voravong, who had never failed to appear for a court date, had been working diligently on home repairs and needed two more weeks to get them finished before he left for prison.

"There is nobody who can help me," Voravong told Harrelson.

Nobles County Assistant Attorney Travis Smith offered no resistance to the extra two weeks, admitting that Voravong had attended every court hearing without fail.

"We have no reason to believe he won't appear," Smith stated.

If for some reason, Voravong doesn't report to the jail be 6 p.m. Nov. 14, Smith said, there are ways to deal with that.