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Vehicle passenger facing charges after 130 pound pot discovery

WORTHINGTON -- A Bloomington man that was a passenger in a vehicle where approximately 130 pounds of marijuana was allegedly discovered last week is facing criminal charges.

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Bill Nguyen

WORTHINGTON - A Bloomington man that was a passenger in a vehicle where approximately 130 pounds of marijuana was allegedly discovered last week is facing criminal charges.

Bill Nguyen, 27, is charged with felony first-degree sale of drugs (25 kilograms or more of marijuana) and felony first-degree possession of 50 kilograms or more of marijuana (or 500 or more plants) in Nobles County District Court.

According to the criminal complaint, Nguyen was the passenger in a vehicle in which a Minnesota State Patrolman recovered eight duffle bags containing raw marijuana in an exterior cargo rack and trunk. A marijuana wax pen was also recovered. The uncertified weight of the duffle bags was about 130 pounds.

Nguyen posted a $25,000 conditional bail. His initial appearance in Nobles County District Court is scheduled for Jan. 31.

The driver, Ike Luong, 56, of Las Vegas, Nev., who faces the same charges, posted a $100,000 conditional bond. His first appearance in Nobles County District Court is scheduled for Jan. 30.

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