Mankato man faces string of drug charges following traffic stop
WORTHINGTON — A Mankato man was arrested early Thursday after drugs and drug paraphernalia were allegedly discovered in his vehicle.
A Worthington police officer stopped Thavone T. Chairakoun, 31, near Minnesota 60 and Interstate 90. Driving on a limited license, Chairakoun was driving outside of the time permitted at the time of the traffic stop.
The officer suspected Chairakoun to be involved in illegal activity, and Chairakoun denied the search of his vehicle. A K-9 performed an exterior sniff of the vehicle, which alerted to the likely presence of illegal drugs in the vehicle.
The search resulted in the following discoveries: 2.1 grams marijuana, 0.83 grams methamphetamine, glass pipe that field-tested positive for meth and multiple zip-lock baggies inside a small zippered pouch.
He's been charged with two counts of felony fifth-degree drug possession; possession of more than 1/4 grams marijuana in a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor; petty misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia; and operating a motor vehicle without an ignition interlock, a misdemeanor.
His conditional bail was scheduled at $1,500 and his unconditional at $10,000.
According to the complaint, Chairakoun has two previous drug-related convictions.