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Lyon County Sheriff’s Office

LARCHWOOD—A 31-year-old Worthington, MN, man was arrested about 12:45 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 26, on charges of first-offense operating while under the influence, second-offense possession of a controlled substance — marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and fifth-degree theft.

The arrest of Khamphone Thammalong stemmed from him being found passed out in a 2011 Toyota Highlander in the south parking lot of Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort northwest of Larchwood, according to the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office.

Thammalong initially was arrested on a Lyon County warrant for violation of probation.

While speaking with Thammalong, the deputy detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

Thammalong said there was marijuana in the vehicle’s center console, which the deputy located, according to the incident report.

Thammalong also admitted to smoking marijuana about 11 p.m. Wednesday and using methamphetamine and still feeling the effects of the drugs.

He had bloodshot, watery eyes and impaired balance and failed preliminary sobriety tests.

Thammalong also was found to have an active parole violation warrant out of Minnesota and was further charged with being a fugitive from justice.

Two blank checks also were found in the center console during a search of the vehicle. The checks belonged to an Estherville woman who reported having her billfold stolen on Oct. 29 in Worthington. The billfold contained a checkbook with 50 checks.