Brandon men arrested in large pot raid
May 28. 2014 11:21AM
Sioux Falls police say they seized an unusually large amount of marijuana Saturday night from a home in southeastern Sioux Falls.
Officers smelled a strong marijuana aroma in the air as they approached 2907 E. Klondike Trail to investigate a noise disturbance, police spokesman Sam Clemens said. Det Khoa-On, 29, of Brandon, was spotted by officers leaving the house wearing a backpack.
Once Det saw the officers, he turned around and ran toward the home and threw his backpack inside. He was caught soon after. Det also threw out a large wad of cash from his pocket while officers were arresting him, Clemens said.
“The people in the backyard started running and grabbing that cash,” Clemens said of the people who were interfering with the arrest.
Meanwhile, Vandy Khoa-On, 25, of Brandon, grabbed the backpack from inside the house and took off running. Another officer was able to catch him.
About a pound of marijuana – 450 grams – was found inside the backpack, Clemens said. A search warrant executed on the house turned up another 39 grams of marijuana.
“That’s a pretty good chuck of marijuana – most times we don’t see that,” Clemens said.
Both men were arrested on charges of possession a half a pound but less than a pound of marijuana, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, fleeing police and obstruction.
The men made initial court appearances Tuesday afternoon. Det appeared first.
Deputy Minnehaha County States Attorney Tom Hensley told the court that Det should be held on a $10,000 cash-only because of the seriousness of the allegations and for a prior arrest for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in 2004. Hensely followed by asking that Vandy be kept on a similar bond although he has no prior criminal history.
Judge John Hinrichs set cash or surety bond for Det and Vandy at $7,500 citing his familiarity with the case, because he was the one who signed the search warrant.