Kong C. Xiong

A St. Paul, Minn., man remains in the Barron County Jail after he pleaded guilty in connection with the sale of seven grams of methamphetamine to a police informant in March 2018, following a hearing on Friday, June 21, 2019, in Barron County Circuit Court.

Kong Cheng Xiong, 29, faces up to 15 years in prison and/or a $50,000 fine when he is sentenced Aug. 27, court records said.

In a deal with prosecutors, Xiong agreed to plead guilty to the felony drug charge in exchange for dismissal of an even more serious charge of manufacturing and/or delivering 10 to 50 grams of meth.

The dismissed charge carries a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $100,000.

According to a complaint filed in July 2018, Xiong sold 14 grams of meth to a police informant in the parking lot of St. Croix Casino, Turtle Lake, in February 2018.

A second deal was arranged March 6 at the same location. The informant allegedly paid $300 in prerecorded cash for two packages of what turned out to be just over seven grams of meth.