CBP officers find more than 30 pounds of alleged opium in luggage

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CHICAGO - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say more than 30 pounds of opium powder was discovered inside a passenger's luggage at Chicago O'Hare International Airport.

CBP officers say a 52-year-old U.S. citizen arrived on a flight from Tokyo, Japan, and was selected for examination.  When officers checked the passenger's luggage, they say they allegedly found 212 packets containing a brown powder concealed inside plastic bags containing dried leaves.  

Authorities say the brown powder tested positive for the presence of opium.  The passenger and the packets were then turned over to the Des Plaines Police Department.  The passenger's name, and the charges the passenger could face, have not yet been released.

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