Court grants downward departure in drug possession case

Syhavong was charged with second-degree drug possession in March.

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NOBLES COUNTY — An Adrian man was sentenced in Nobles County Fifth District court last week and granted a departure from sentencing guidelines.

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Bounchiam Syhavong, 50, was charged with second-degree drug possession in March following a traffic stop in Worthington, where law enforcement located over 41 grams of methamphetamine in his vehicle. He was convicted on that charge after entering a guilty plea.

With 200 days credit for time already served, Syhavong was sentenced to 75 months in prison, with a downward durational departure.

According to court documents, the departure was due in part to Syhavong’s treatment participation while his case was pending. Additionally, there was a question as to the accuracy of a previous out-of-state conviction being considered a felony by Minnesota standards. Both the state and defense agreed to sentencing with an altered criminal history score.

A petty misdemeanor charge for possession of drug paraphernalia was also dismissed.


Syhvahong will also be required to pay $85 in court fines.

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Emma McNamee joined The Globe team in October 2021 as a reporter covering Crime & Courts, Politics, and the City beats. Born and raised in Duluth, Minn., McNamee left her hometown to attend school in Chicago at Columbia College. She graduated in 2021 with a degree in Multimedia Journalism, with a concentration in News & Feature Writing and a minor in Creative Writing.
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