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Lake Elmo woman pleads guilty to wildlife smuggling

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A Lake Elmo woman could face as many as five years in prison over her role in a scheme to smuggle protected wildlife from Laos.

Tia Yang, 36, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on July 24 to one count of conspiracy to smuggle wildlife. Pa Lor, an Oakdale woman of unknown age, pleaded guilty to the same charge.

Both women face potential maximum penalties of five years in prison and will be sentenced by Judge Joan Ericksen on an as yet undetermined date.

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