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St. Paul man receives sentence in case involving 28 pounds of pot

Moua

WORTHINGTON — A St. Paul man was sentenced to 90 days in jail related to a third-degree drug possession charge filed last November following the discovery of 28 pounds of marijuana in a vehicle he was driving through Nobles County.

In accordance with the plea agreement and having no disqualifying offense, Tswvmuaj Moua, 44, will not be adjudicated guilty pending compliance and completion of the conditions of his probation. The jail sentence — which was scheduled as three, 30-day staggered sentences — may all be abated upon recommendation from probation and court approval.

He was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, which may be satisfied by community service work.

According to Moua’s defense attorney Louis Kutchera, Moua reported previously using marijuana for pain management purposes for discomfort in his right shoulder, which was supported by a sling during Tuesday’s sentencing.

Fifth Judicial District Judge Gordon Moore said the purpose he was transporting marijuana was irrelevant, as it was still illegal.

“You’re going to need to find some kind of pain management that doesn’t include illegal drugs,” Moore said.  

Disposition remains pending for Mai Vang, who was a passenger in the vehicle that was stopped along Interstate 90 and is facing the same third-degree drug possession charge.

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