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GA sheriff's office seizes $2.2 million in opium

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AUBURN, Ga. (AP) - Barrow County sheriff's officials say they've seized more than $2.2 million dollars' worth of opium.

Lt. Matt Guthas said Monday that 38-year-old De Yang is charged with drug possession, intent to distribute and drug trafficking.

Guthas says the Department of Homeland Security told the sheriff's office a suspicious package was being shipped from Laos to Auburn, which is roughly 25 miles west of Athens.

Guthas says U.S. Customs and Border Patrol scanned the package, detected illegal substances inside and homeland security officials notified the sheriff's office. Guthas says the department worked with the U.S. Postal Service to deliver the package and arrested Yang after she opened it.

Opium is the primary ingredient in heroin.

Guthas says Yang is in jail without bond. It's unclear if she has an attorney.

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