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Three Minnesota women arrested at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport with $3 million worth in heroin

May 13, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Three Minnesota women arrested at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport with $3 million worth in heroin

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Authorities have arrested three Minnesota women at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport attempting to smuggle $3 million of heroin and opium in their luggage.

Cook County prosecutors said the three women from Minnesota identified as Mai Vue Vang, 58, True Thao, 52, arrived on a flight from Japan on Tuesday.

U. S. Customs and Border Protection agents screened the women’s luggage and discovered 70 pounds (32 kg) of heroin and opium in numerous small packets, according to Chicago Police.

The Cook County Public Defender’s office, who represent the women told Circuit Court Judge Donald Panarese Jr, they’ve been unable to question their clients because a translator is needed.

Officials haven’t indicated what language the women speak.

Each of the suspects has been charged with one felony count of possession with intent to deliver, which carries a sentence of 15 to 60 years in prison, according to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.

On Wednesday, Panarese Jr. set bail at $50,000 for each of the woman

Neither the attorney representing the women nor representatives of the public defender’s office have commented on the arrests.

The judge has scheduled a  June 2nd court date for the women, who are held in the Cook County Detention Center in Chicago.

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