Raw opium being harvested at a poppy field in the Zhari district of southern Kandahar province, Afghanistan. Photo / AP
Bail has been set at US
$50,000 each for three Minnesota women arrested at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport for allegedly attempting to smuggle nearly 30kg of opium into the United States
US Customs and Border Protection officials say the three women arrived on a flight from Laos, via Japan.
Officers found 470 packets of opium concealed in bags of tea leaves and packed inside the women’s luggage.
Chicago police say the drugs are worth more than US$3 million ($4.4 million).
Police arrested the women, identified as 57-year-old Pa Yang and 58-year-old Mai Vue Vang of St. Paul, Minnesota, and 52-year-old True Thao of Brooklyn Centre, Minnesota.
The three are slated to appear in court again on June 3. The women were each charged with manufacturing or delivery of narcotics.