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Second Man Charged in Connection With Woodbury Coke Bust

Chamrouen Phan, 29, of Cottage Grove, is accused of driving the vehicle while his brother did a cocaine deal.

A second man has been charged stemming from an August cocaine bust during which the alleged drug dealer thought a gas station meeting place was “too hot” and asked the buyer to purchase him a 12-pack at Haskell’s Liquor.

Chamrouen Phan, 29, of Cottage Grove, faces a felony aiding and abetting drug sale charge.

His brother, Veasna Phan, 30, of St. Paul, has already been charged with selling cocaine.

     

At about 6 p.m. on Aug. 15, Veasna Phan sold an “8-ball” of cocaine to another man, according to the complaint.

They initially agreed to meet at the SuperAmerica off Lake Road in Woodbury, but he thought it was “too hot” and demanded the buyer go into Haskell’s Liquor Store and purchase a 12-pack of Corona, the complaint says.

They later did the deal for $385—the cost of the cocaine minus the cost of the beer. The drugs, with a packaged weight of 4.6 grams, later tested positive for cocaine, according to the complaint.

Chamrouen Phan was driving at the time of the alleged drug deal, the complaint says.

The Washington County Narcotics Task Force arrested the brothers near the gas station a short time after the deal.

      Related: Coke Bust in Woodbury

The arrests were part of a "routine investigation," Sgt. Andy Ellickson with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office told Patch in August. The apprehension was routine, he said, though due of the nature of the arrest one lane of traffic was blocked off as authorities checked for weapons. None were found.

 

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