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Teen faces first-degree drug charges for alleged cocaine sale

WILLMAR -- Hong David Phaengkhouane, 19, of Willmar, made his first court appearance Thursday on two felony, first-degree drug sale charges for allegedly selling cocaine to a Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agent during an undercover drug investigation.

Unconditional bail was set at $100,000.

Phaengkhouane, who is currently in the Jackson County Jail, will make his next appearance in Kandiyohi County District Court on Sept. 24. He also faces two first-degree drug sale charges in Jackson County for allegedly selling cocaine there. According to the local complaint, as part of an ongoing investigation, the BCA agent was introduced to Phaengkhouane and two other young men. The two others met the agent and a confidential informant at Jackpot Junction casino on March 11 to sell a half-ounce of cocaine to the agent for $900. However, the men did not have the drugs, so the deal was not completed. The informant later contacted Phaengkhouane, who apologized for not having the drugs.

Later, on April 14 and April 24, the agent did purchase one-half ounce packages from Phaengkhouane for $750 and $710. The deals were allegedly completed in the Willmar Super Wal-Mart parking lot. Both bags of drugs were tested by the BCA and determined to be cocaine.

The BCA agent also purchased 2 ounces of cocaine for $2,500 from Phaeng-khouane in Jackson County on June 9.

Phaengkhouane was subsequently arrested.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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