Drug cases among Tulsa grand jury indictments released
pair of unusual drug cases are among unrelated indictments released Thursday as a result of a Tulsa federal grand jury session.
Wang Chong Khang, 25, of Oroville, Calif., was charged with possessing opium on Nov. 17 while intending to distribute it.
Khang allegedly picked up a package from the Colcord post office on that date which contained the drug.
Federal agents had seized a large quantity of opium wrapped in plastic hidden inside mushrooms at a Dallas post office. The package was reportedly sent from Laos.
Agents repacked the box with a tracking device and about three pounds of opium. The package was delivered to the Colcord post office and allegedly picked up by Khang, who purportedly left the post office in a van driven by another man, an arrest affidavit states.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Raley said that Khang would face up to 20 years in prison if convicted of the charge.
Raley said, to his knowledge, this is the first opium case charged in U.S. District Court in Tulsa in at least 20 years.
Lewis Aaron Nixon, 27, of Oklahoma City; Lorenzo Cottrell Marable, 24, of Oak Park, Mich., and Dionne Renee Austin, 29 of Chickasha were charged with possessing benzylpiperazine with intent to distribute on Dec. 15.
Also known as “BZP,” benzylpiperazine is a recreational drug with euphoric, stimulant properties. Its effects are comparable to those produced by amphetamines.
Raley said that the three suspects were stopped on the Will Rogers Turnpike in the Vinita while allegedly in possession of 5,659 benzylpiperazine pills.
By DAVID HARPER World Staff Writer
Published: 1/7/2010 1:45 PM