Janet Barber

Grove Sun

JAY – A Jay man has been released on bond after being arrested and charged with what authorities are saying could be the largest opium bust in Oklahoma state history.

On Nov. 23, Xue Yang, 32, appeared in district court before Special Judge Alicia Littlefield during a bond reduction hearing.

She lowered the bond set at $1M dollars to $25,000. Yang was released from the Delaware County jail the following day.

Reportedly the reason given for the drastic reduction in the bail amount was that new information had come to light concerning Yang’s involvement in the case.

Wang Chong Khan, 25, also arrested and charged with endeavoring to distribute controlled dangerous substance remains incarcerated on a $1M bond.

In an affidavit for arrest Investigator Mike Eason said his office had been contacted by officers with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) who told him that on November 10, Customs and Border Protection had intercepted a package from Dallas, TX on its way from Laos to a post office box in Colcord.

Customs and Border protection agents opened the package and found mushrooms stuffed with a substance that later field tested positive for opium. The 36-pound package contained 13 pounds of the drug, with a street value of over $500,000, according to Eason.

A tracking device was put in the box along with a small amount of the opium and was delivered to the post office in Colcord. On November 17, the box was picked up and signed for by Khang, using an alias.

Federal, state and county agents tracked the suspect to the Deerlick area and before the two suspects could reach their residence, officials stopped the vehicle and put them under arrest without incident.

The pair will return to district court for announcement on Dec. 15 at 9:30 a.m.