Sunday traffic stop nets 28 pounds of marijuana
WORTHINGTON -- Two St. Paul individuals were arrested Sunday after 28 pounds of marijuana were discovered in their vehicle during a traffic stop in Nobles County.
WORTHINGTON - Two St. Paul individuals were arrested Sunday after 28 pounds of marijuana were discovered in their vehicle during a traffic stop in Nobles County.
Tswvmuaj Moua, 43, and Mai Vang, 44, have been charged with felony third-degree possession of a controlled substance in Nobles County District Court.
The charge stems from a traffic stop just after midnight Sunday along Interstate 90. According to the criminal complaint, a Nobles County Sheriff’s Office deputy observed the vehicle, which was driving 10 miles per hour under the marked speed limit, cross the fog line on multiple occasions. The vehicle’s license plate light was also not functioning.
Upon contact, the driver - Moua - was acting very nervous and also sweating, the complaint details. He told the deputy that he and Vang were coming from California, and had inconsistencies about how long he had been on the west coast.
Moua initially told the deputy there were no illegal substances in the vehicle, but then said there were approximately 25 pounds of marijuana that he grew in California and was bringing with him because he suffers from numbness in his arm.
Vang told the deputy that the marijuana, which was located during a vehicle search in a suitcase in vacuum sealed freezer bags wrapped in foil, belongs to Moua.
The deputy also collected four Social Security cards believed to be fake as evidence.
Vang’s bail was set at $5,000 with conditions or $10,000 without. Moua’s bail was set at $10,000 with conditions or $20,000 without.
Their initial appearance has been scheduled for Dec. 5 in Nobles County District Court.