A New York man entered a negotiated plea to a felony cannabis charge in Henry County Circuit Court on Wednesday and was placed on 48 months probation.
Phoumano Duangtavilay, 47, of Rochester, N.Y., was charged Dec. 23, 2013, with Class 1 felony cannabis trafficking and two other felonies after a state trooper noticed the headlights on his vehicle on Interstate 80 weren’t on and followed him into the Wal-Mart parking lot in Geneseo.
A trooper with a K-9 arrived and the dog detected cannabis. A search yielded about 3,000 grams of a substance that tested positive as cannabis.
Mr. Duangtavilay pleaded guilty Wednesday to Class 1 felony possession with intent to deliver. The trafficking charge and a Class 2 possession charge were dismissed.
In addition to probation, Mr. Duangtavilay will serve 180 days in the Henry County Jail with day-for-day credit and credit for 34 days previously served, a $10,000 fine and a $20,000 street value fine. He had one prior felony for possession of marijuana in North Dakota in 2003, according to State’s Attorney Matt Schutte.
Judge Jeffrey O’Connor accepted the plea agreement.
Co-defendant Ketphet Phengphong, 50, pleaded guilty last June and was sentenced to 36 months probation.
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