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Traffic stop results in drug sale charges

Two men face charges after meth, drug paraphernalia, oxycodone pills, new baggies and a digital scale were allegedly discovered in their vehicle.

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Sai Vang

Worthington — A string of drug-related charges were filed this week against two men after a vehicle search led to the discovery of methamphetamine, oxycodone and drug paraphernalia.

A Worthington police officer arrested Sai Vang, 34, of Minneapolis and Timmy Kongphouthakhoun, 38, of Worthington in the middle of the night June 18.

According to the criminal complaint, methamphetamine (0.5 grams) and 35-40 oxycodone hydrochloride pills were allegedly discovered on Kongphouthakhoun's person. Officers allegedly discovered a butane torch in Vang's pocket. Vang was the driver and Kongphouthakhoun the passenger.

Officers discovered in the vehicle's trunk a nearly-full box of 125 plastic sandwich baggies; a black digital scale; a glass pipe containing a white residue; a small baggie containing a crystalline substance weighing 3.2 grams; and a large baggie containing large shards of a crystalline substance weighing 28.9 grams.

A baggie containing what was believed to be methamphetamine was allegedly discovered in the officer's squad car after Kongphouthakhoun was transported to the Prairie Justice Center. During questioning, Kongphouthakhoun said the baggie of meth had been in his shoe.

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Based on the relatively large quantity of suspected methamphetamine, new baggies and digital scale, the officer believed Vang and Kongphouthakhoun to be involved in the sale or delivery of meth.

They face three counts of felony drug sale (first and second degrees) and possession of drug paraphernalia, a petty misdemeanor. Konphouthakhoun faces an additional felony fifth-degree drug possession charge, while Vang faces a misdemeanor driving after license revocation charge.

The drug sale charges are punishable up to 40 years imprisonment, a $1 million fine or both.

Both suspects' conditional bail amounts were scheduled at $100,000 and their unconditional at $200,000.

According to the complaint, Vang has been involved in five other controlled substance crimes from 2009 to 2017.

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