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Sheriff: MN woman arrested at Chicago airport with opium, 3,500 meth pills


A Minnesota woman was arrested at a Chicago airport over the weekend, and officials say she had large amounts of opium and methamphetamine in her bags.

Khoua Vang, 49, was traveling back to Minnesota and had landed at Chicago's O'Hare Airport on a flight from South Korea, originating in Laos, the Cook County Illinois Sheriff's Department says.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection contacted the sheriff's office around 3:20 a.m. Saturday asking for help, after agents found drugs in the Walnut Grove woman's luggage, the news release says.

They found 17 kilograms of what they believe is opium, plus more than 3,500 pills of suspected methamphetamine, according to the sheriff's office.

Vang was in court Sunday and has been charged with the delivery, trafficking and possession of methamphetamine, as well as manufacturing/delivering and trafficking a controlled substance.

Her next court date is May 13, according to Cook County jail records. Bail was set at $100,000.

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