Greater than 170 Pounds of marijuana Used in suitcases in Atlanta airport, Authorities say – NBC News


Authorities found over 170 pounds of marijuana inside suitcases after a trip from Seattle landed at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Officers then arrested four people who recovered the bags from baggage claim, based on authorities. Authorities said that they ultimately recovered seven suitcases comprising 174 pounds of marijuana valued at $700,000.

Nicole Golden, 47, had been taken into custody about 5 p.m. ET after picking up a bag comprising about 22 pounds of marijuana, according to the statement. Naly Tong, 29, also Keomanyvanh Tong, 33, were detained around 7:30 pm later regaining one bag every from luggage claim. The police department said both women had extra bags containing marijuana.

Keomanyvanh Tong had nearly 46 pounds of marijuana, and Naly Tong’d 43.34 pounds, according to officials.

All three girls have been charged with trafficking marijuana and stay in custody in the Clayton County Jail.

The fourth individual, Jarvis Sheppard, has been detained around 8:50 pm following obtaining two suitcases from luggage claim, authorities said. He had 63.28 pounds of marijuana, according to the statement.

Sheppard, 32, has been charged with trafficking marijuana and taken to the Clayton County Jail. He was introduced Thursday morning, jail records show.

The four people who have been arrested told authorities that either someone else packed the bags or that they had been retrieving the bags to get another person, based on Atlanta authorities.

“Our advice isn’t traveling with a bag that’s not yours or one which you do not know the contents of and think twice before consenting to retrieve somebody else’s bag in an airport luggage claim,” authorities said in the statement.


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