Although these three ladies aren’t exactly who you’d imagine as international drug smugglers, they were caught trying to sneak 70 pounds of heroin and opium into the United States. Their plan was foiled when US Customs and Border Protection agents searched their luggage and found the drugs hidden in bags of tea.
The smugglers, Pa Yang, 57, Mai Vue Vang, 58, and True Thao, 52 were flying from Japan to their destination at Chicago O’Hare. They reportedly live in Minnesota, but no details have been released about where they may have been connecting from Tokyo. Agents discovered 470 packets contained brown powder with a combined weight of 31.5 kilograms. #Busted!
The women have been charged with felony counts of possession with intent to deliver. They’re being held on $50,000 bond each and are awaiting trial in June.
Matthew Davies, Chicago Area Port Director is quoted as saying: “Today is a great example of how the officers of U.S. Customs and Border Protection work daily to stop the illegal drug flow into the United States. Even though these would-be smugglers are trying new concealment methods each and every day, I just want to remind them that if they try to get through Chicago, we will catch them!”
Heroin and opiate production in the Golden Triangle of Southeast Asian countries of Laos, Myanmar and Thailand tripled between 2006 and 2014, and has remained at a steady level, while opiate addiction and overdoes deaths in America has increased significantly during that time.