WORTHINGTON - Pavit Xayphantho, 34, of Worthington, was arrested Tuesday on third-degree possession of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm following a conviction of a crime of violence, both felonies.
In addition, Xayphantho was also charged with driving after suspension and possession of drug paraphernalia - a misdemeanor and petty misdemeanor, respectively.
According to court records, Xayphantho was observed early Tuesday morning by a Worthington police officer driving a motor vehicle after a run of his driving status indicated his license was suspended. After being pulled over, Xayphantho was seen with shaking hands and not making eye contact with the officer. Based on these exhibited behaviors and others along with statements made to police by Xayphantho, the officer believed he may have been involved in criminal activity.
Xayphantho was asked to step out of the vehicle and place his hands where they could be seen. He instead stepped out and faced away from the officer, keeping his hands out of view. When performing a pat down for officer safety, Xayphantho allegedly kept his hand clenched. In his hand, the officer observed a plastic baggie with a white substance.
A second bag containing a crystal substance was found in Xayphantho’s jacket. The substance later tested positive for methamphetamine.
In a search of Xayphantho’s vehicle, officers also found a black BB gun.
While being transported to Nobles County Jail following his arrest for possessing methamphetamine, the officer heard the sound of glass breaking in the rear of the the squad car. When Xayphantho was removed from the squad car, a broken glass pipe with white residue and burn marks was found on the backseat that field tested positive for methamphetamine. A review of the car’s camera system showed Xayphantho push himself up, place his hands down his pants and remove an item. The total weight of the two baggies found on Xayphantho was 5.1 grams with packaging.
Xayphantho’s driving record shows his license has been suspended since October 1999.
Xayphantho is scheduled for an initial appearance in Nobles County District Court in early February. If convicted, a third-degree possession of methamphetamine charge carries a maximum sentence of no less than two years, or no more than 30 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both. The firearm charge carries a maximum sentence of 15 years imprisonment, a $30,000 fine or both.