Barrow County Sheriff’s officials executed a search warrant at 301 Oak Ridge in Auburn which ended up netting a massive quantity of opium, worth more than $2 million.
Deputies seized more than 5,500 grams of opium, which was packaged in more than 200 individual packets. The street value of the opium is approximately $2.2 million, sheriff’s office officials said.
The search warrant was the product of a “controlled delivery,” where sheriff’s officials were notified by the Department of Homeland Security of a suspicious package being shipped from a province in Laos to the address in Auburn.
The U. S. Customs and Border Protected scanned the package during transit in Chicago, Illinois and detected the presence of the package’s illegal contents. Customs then notified the Department of Homeland Security, who in turn notified the Sheriff’s Office.
BCSO officials obtained a search warrant and worked with the U.S. Postal
Service to deliver the package to the Auburn address.
The resident, De Yang, a 38-year-old female, accepted the package and its contents. The Sheriff’s office then executed the search warrant and located the package inside, which had already been opened by Yang.
Yang is charged with possession of opium, possession of opium with intent to distribute, and trafficking in opium.