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Women Arrested at Chicago Airport with $3 Million Worth of Heroin

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | May 13, 2016

Women Arrested at Chicago Airport with $3 Million Worth of Heroin

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Three women were arrested at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago after they were discovered with an estimated $3 million worth of heroin in their luggage.

According to, the three women from Minnesota—identified as 57-year-old Pa Yang, 58-year-old Mai Vue Vang, both of St. Paul, and 52-year-old True Thao, of Brooklyn Center—arrived in the United States on May 10.

The three women arrived in Chicago on a flight from Japan.

After landing at O'Hare International Airport, the three women went through a screening process with United States Customs agents. When officers went through their baggage, they found small packets of heroin and opium hidden in the luggage.

In total, the drugs confiscated by U.S. Customs agents weighed approximately 70 pounds and had a street value of more than $3 million.

Officers arrested the three women, who were charged with felony counts of possession with intent to deliver, a crime that could carry a prison term of 15-to-60 years, according to Reuters. A Cook County judge set bond for each woman at $50,000.


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