Authorities Recover 3 lbs. of Meth During Arrest, Search Warrant

Panh Thavong Photo: Olmsted County Sheriff's Office. Panh Thavong

April 25, 2019 12:26 PM

(ABC 6 News) - A 45-year-old Rochester man known to law enforcement is in jail after he was caught driving with over $1,500 and 1.5 lbs. of methamphetamine. 

Olmsted County Sheriff's Captain Scott Behrns said the situation started near the intersection of Civic Center Drive and 2nd Street SW in Rochester around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday. 

Behrns said a deputy saw a bicyclist pulled up alongside a vehicle with dark-tinted windows. According to a sheriff's office report, the deputy saw what he thought was a drug deal between the bike rider and the driver. 

The bicyclist rode off, but the vehicle began driving south down Civic Center Drive. The deputy noticed the suspect was driving erratically and pulled him over near the intersection of Civic Center Drive and Center Street. 

The deputy recognized the driver, Panh Thavong. The deputy said Thavong did not have a valid driver's license and has numerous past convictions for drugs and driving vehicles without a license. 

Behrns said based on Thavong's past history combined with the current situation, he was arrested and searched. 

Behrns said between searching Thavong and his vehicle, deputies found $1,600 and close to 1.5 lbs. of methamphetamine. 

Berhns said three other search warrants were also executed at nearby residences and a motel. Additionally, deputies found about 1.5 lbs. of meth from those searches and about $400 in cash. 

The estimated street value for 3 lbs. of meth is about $28,000. 

Thavong is facing possible charges for first degree sales and possession of meth, and a traffic violation for his tinted windows. 

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