Woman caught with heroin in powdered juice mix packages in her luggage at IAH

September 10, 2012 12:17:58 PM PDT
A foreign woman traveling through Bush Intercontinental Airport has been arrested for allegedly concealing heroin in her luggage.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says Monica Leticia Morales de Guzman attempted to import approximately three kilograms of heroin into the U.S. as she arrived on September 7 to IAH from Guatemala en route to Boston, MA.

Authorities say the 27-year-old Guatemalan woman presented a valid Guatemalan passport, a valid U.S. Visa and her Customs Declaration Form. She was referred to secondary inspection to undergo baggage examination, at which time Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers say they located the heroin after a canine alerted to the presence of narcotics on her luggage.

Located in a shopping bag inside her pink suitcase, officers say they discovered nine packages of powdered juice mix which concealed pink plastic bags containing a total of 2.994 kilograms of heroin, according to the complaint.

The case is being investigated by CBP and Homeland Security Investigations.


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