Authorities found more than 170 pounds of marijuana in suitcases after a flight from Seattle landed at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

The Atlanta Police Department’s airport drug interdiction unit made the discovery on May 26 as at least five suitcases were on their way to baggage claim, the agency said in a report on Friday. communicated. declaration.

Officers then arrested four people who retrieved the bags from the baggage claim area, police said. The authorities said they eventually recovered seven suitcases containing 174 pounds of marijuana valued at $ 700,000.

The Atlanta Police Department’s Airport Drug Interdiction Unit finds 174 pounds of marijuana brought to Atlanta on a flight from Seattle, Washington.Atlanta Police Department.

Nicole Golden, 47, was arrested around 5 p.m. ET after picking up a bag containing about 22 pounds of marijuana, the statement said. Naly Tong, 29, and Keomanyvanh Tong, 33, were arrested around 7:30 p.m. after each retrieving a bag from the baggage claim area. The police department said the two women had additional bags containing marijuana.

Keomanyvanh Tong had nearly 46 pounds of marijuana and Naly Tong had 43.34 pounds, officials said.

The three women have been charged with trafficking marijuana and are still being held at the Clayton County Jail.

The fourth individual, Jarvis Sheppard, was arrested around 8:50 p.m. after retrieving two suitcases from the baggage claim area, police said. He had 63.28 pounds of marijuana, the statement said.

Sheppard, 32, was charged with trafficking marijuana and taken to Clayton County Jail. He was released Thursday morning, according to prison records.

According to Atlanta police, the four people arrested told police that either someone else packed the bags or they were collecting the bags for someone else.

“Our advice is never to travel with a bag that is not your own or the contents of which you do not know and think twice before agreeing to pick up someone else’s bag in a safe area. baggage claim at the airport “, police said in the statement.



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