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Minneapolis woman convicted of heroin possession

WORTHINGTON -- A Minneapolis woman convicted of possessing more than three grams of heroin has a chance to avoid a felony-level conviction on her criminal history record.

Xong Thao, 38, received a statutory stay of imposition on third-degree drug possession during her sentencing Monday in Nobles County District Court. She was placed on five years of supervised probation. If she’s complaint with the terms of probation, the conviction will be reduced to a misdemeanor.

She was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, some of which will be paid off from forfeited bail. She may also receive up to $500 credit toward her fine for any out-of-pocket treatment expenses she verifies with probation, as outlined in her sentence.

Thao was arrested in July by a Nobles County Sheriff’s deputy after black tar heroin was allegedly discovered during a traffic stop along Interstate 90.