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Oregon Medical Marijuana Card Holder Sentenced to 16 Months in Prison

A second suspect in the case received three years of probation.

Sayaseng Vongsoury and police images of the 20 pounds of marijuana he was convicted of possessing.
Sayaseng Vongsoury and police images of the 20 pounds of marijuana he was convicted of possessing.
Photos: Washington County Sheriff

(PORTLAND, Ore.) - A 47-year old Portland man has received a 16-month prison sentence over a conviction for Possession and Manufacture of a Controlled Substance.

The controlled substance as it is defined under current law, was marijuana. While the man, 47-year old Sayaseng Vongsoury was a valid Oregon Medical Marijuana user, police say he possessed an amount far in excess of what is legal.

On Wednesday, Vongsoury was convicted on marijuana charges related to his November 2006 arrest by the Westside Interagency Narcotics Team, says At the time, Mr. Vongsoury had a valid Oregon Medical Marijuana card.

Washington County Sheriff's Office Spokesman Dave Thompson says that in November of 2006, Sayaseng Vongsoury and 18-year old Nathan Khingrastaphone, were both arrested at their residence located at 17004 NW CountryRidge Drive, for Possession, Distribution, and Manufacture (growing) of Marijuana.

This address is located in the Bethany area, and is part of the Enhanced Sheriff's Patrol District. Thompson says Washington County Sheriff's deputies patrol this area. "At the time of his arrest, Mr. Vongsoury had an Oregon Medical Marijuana Card that allowed him to have one and a half pounds of marijuana to treat his medical condition, and allowed him to grow up to six marijuana plants at one time".

But Thompson says the man had over 20 pounds of marijuana in his house at the time of his arrest.

Vongsoury was convicted of Possession and Manufacture of a Controlled Substance, and was sentenced to 16 months in prison. Mr. Khingrastaphone pleaded guilty to Delivery of a Controlled Substance and was sentenced to three years of probation.

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cleanman July 28, 2007 3:24 pm (Pacific time)

Wow,Now I know the authorities are preying on an easy bust.In oregon, the problem with Meth is becoming increasingly, therefor,Our main focus should be on Methlabs and anyone attempting to use Methanpetamine.

Vic July 1, 2007 7:39 am (Pacific time)

Well , we can all sleep easier now ,cant we ? Never mind the meth labs, rising violent crime rates,illegal wars, etc...get pot off our streets! (Besides, potheads are safer to bust than real criminals, so it's a lot easier for the cops that having to chase down criminals who might fight back) Now the courts and the lawyers can milk another cash cow. I look forward to the day when our biggest "crime" is someone with 20 lbs of pot. I say cut funding for law enforcement if this is the top crime more tricked out Mustangs, no more brand new 4x4s every 2 years. The crime situation must be nearly over if this is where their priorities lie.

Leif Grenburne June 30, 2007 7:47 pm (Pacific time)

More tax dollars spent persecuting stoners. Did we learn nothing from prohibition?

Osotan; June 30, 2007 7:46 pm (Pacific time)

the people are out there committing violent crimes against each other and they bust this guy? Soke dee mak mak khun Sayasang!, I hope they turn you loose soon and the law starts busting the right people. In England they don't even bother with ganja unless it's in multi kilo shipments, you can buy a kilo of opium for 200.00 U.S. from Afghanistan to Burma, the "war" on drugs could be won by legalizing it, all of it! The criminal element(excepting the govt. of course) would be removed and the ready availability would change the entire scene of "scoring" what you need. It's insane to try to stop what people want and allow what the lobbyists from industries as alcohol and tobacco dictate to govt's worldwide. The man Aslinger was the govt's anti-marijuana czar from the 30's all the way to 68', a one man highly paid beurocrat clinging to his own importance. Check it out on the web. Legalize it!

Deb June 30, 2007 11:42 am (Pacific time)

20 lbs? Wouldn't that be about 6 plants - before drying, of course. Drying should take it down to about 1.5 lbs. What's wrong with the jury on this one? ;>

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