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Sheriff: 17 kilograms of opium seized from passenger at O'Hare

  1. perro-salchicha614
    AR-160429186.jpg&updated=201604251759&MaxW=800&maxH=800&noborder Chicago, IL (Daily Herald): A Minnesota woman faces multiple felony charges after a large amount of drugs, including 17 kilograms of opium, was found in her luggage over the weekend at O'Hare International Airport, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart said Monday.

    Khoua Vang, 49, of Walnut Grove, Minnesota, is charged with methamphetamine delivery, methamphetamine trafficking, possession of methamphetamine, controlled substance trafficking, and two counts of manufacture/deliver of a controlled substance, stemming from her arrest early Saturday.

    According to the sheriff's office, deputies were contacted about 3:20 a.m. Saturday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection for assistance with an arrest after agents found the opium along with more than 3,500 suspected methamphetamine pills in Vang's luggage.

    She had landed at O'Hare's international terminal on a flight from South Korea, sheriff's police said. Her flight home to Minnesota had originated in Laos.

    Vang appeared in court Sunday, when a judge set her bail at $100,000. She remained in custody Monday at the Cook County jail pending a May 13 court appearance.


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  1. vervain
    That is quite a bit of opium to just pack up in one's luggage.

    Reminds me, I had always wondered what the risks would be for carrying several pounds of poppy seeds in your suitcase. Is that something they could really confiscate let alone prosecute for?
  2. perro-salchicha614
    Confiscate, probably. Prosecute, no. Poppy seed vendors who sell the seeds in bulk will occasionally have problems getting them past customs if the DEA thinks they're selling them to people who are using them for illegal purposes, so I would assume that LE could confiscate them.

    There's no way you could be prosecuted for it though, as long as you don't have any "extracts" in your luggage as well. Poppy seeds are the one part of the plant that's specifically exempt from the CSA, so there's no way somebody could be prosecuted in a court of law for possessing them.
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