Three indicted on federal meth charges after drugs mailed to Little Chute

Published: Feb. 26, 2019 at 11:13 AM CST
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Three Northeast Wisconsin residents have been indicted on federal meth charges.

The indictment names the suspects as Yia Thao, 31, Appleton; Yaj Vang, 29, Appleton; and Nalee Xiong, 36, Neenah.

The United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Wisconsin says the three conspired to possess more than 50 grams of meth with the intent to deal it.

The indictment includes testimony from a postal inspector. On Feb. 14, the inspector was monitoring Priority Mail Express sorting at a post office facility in Grand Chute. During the review, the inspector identified a suspicious package shipped from Sacramento, CA, to an address in Little Chute. A Neenah K-9 detected the odor of controlled substances in the package.

Investigators received a warrant to search the package and found 522 grams of meth, according to the indictment.

The inspector left 54.6 grams inside the package and it was delivered to the address in Little Chute on Feb. 15. The indictment states that Nalee Xiong accepted the package. About 10 minutes later, a white truck pulled into the driveway. Officers say Yaj Vang and Yia Thao were in the vehicle.

Investigators searched the truck and found a digital scale, a glass pipe, and small plastic bags. They believe those items are used in the distribution of drugs.

All three suspects were indicted on charges of possessing more than 50 grams of meth with the intent to distribute.

If convicted, each person faces a sentence of 10 years-to-life in prison. The maximum fine is $10 million.