Man pleads guilty in Canadian County weed grow case

Gets three-year suspended sentence; 1,000 plant stems found in car

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By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

EL RENO – A Brooklyn Park, Minn. man has pleaded guilty in a felony weed-growing case after about 1,000 cannabis plant stems were found in a car stopped on Interstate 40 just east of Yukon.

Phoukhong Vongmixay, 58, received a three-year suspended sentence on April 20 after being convicted of endeavoring to cultivate a controlled dangerous substance in Canadian County District Court.

Special Judge Khristan K. Strubhar approved a plea agreement between the prosecution and defense.

“On May 19, 2021, I had marijuana plants and cannabis stems that were going to be used for cultivation,” according to the written guilty plea signed by the defendant.

Vongmixay, who appeared in court with attorney William McLaughlin, will be supervised by the Canadian County District Attorney’s Office during his suspended sentence.

He was ordered to comply with rules and conditions of probation, and to pay a $5,000 fine, $200 victim’s compensation assessment and court costs.

Vongmixay, formerly of Douglas City, Calif., and Phongthep Tiger Chuaiduang of Poteau, Okla. were charged in October 2021 stemming from a drug bust on I-40.

Canadian County prosecutors alleged the pair violated Oklahoma state law “by knowingly transporting approximately 1,000 cannabis plant stems and growing plants, botanically known as cannabis sativa L” from a controlled dangerous substance listed in Oklahoma’s Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Act.

The felony case against Chuaiduang, 41, remains pending with a preliminary hearing conference set June 6 before Judge Strubhar.

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TRAFFIC STOP

Chuaiduang and Vongmixay were arrested early May 19, 2021, after Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper Tanner Eads stopped a 2020 Toyota Corolla on I-40 near Morgan Road in eastern Canadian County.

Trooper Eads asked the driver, Chuaiduang, to step out of the vehicle.

“While talking to Chuaiduang, I observed criminal behavior and inconsistent travel plans as they were driving from California to Oklahoma,” Eads wrote in a probable cause affidavit.

The trooper approached the car again to speak with Vongmixay, the passenger, who said they were going “to a farm.”

“Vongmixay later stated he worked for a marijuana farm,” according to Eads’ affidavit. “I asked him if he had any marijuana in the vehicle and he stated ‘yes’ and that it was in the trunk.”

Chuaiduang also confirmed there was marijuana in the vehicle’s trunk.

With probable cause to search the car, trooper Eads found a “big tub of approximately 1,000 marijuana stems used for ‘cloning’ and … two marijuana plants planted in soil.”

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