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Woman accused of smuggling 108 pounds of meth across Arizona port of entry

Jul 6, 2022, 8:00 PM
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(File KTAR News Photo/Matt Bertam)
(File KTAR News Photo/Matt Bertam)

PHOENIX — A woman was charged last week after being accused of smuggling 108 pounds of meth across the U.S.-Mexico border at the San Luis Port of Entry, authorities said.

Maria Arredondo De Sanchez, 56, of Mexico, was charged with intent to distribute methamphetamine and importation of methamphetamine into the United States from Mexico, the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona said in a press release on Tuesday.

Customs and Border Protection officers on Thursday allegedly discovered packages that contained a white crystal-like substance after De Sanchez entered the country.

The packages, which had a combined weight of more than 108 pounds, tested positive for meth, authorities said.

A conviction for each charge carries a maximum penalty of life behind bars and a $10 million fine, authorities said.

An investigation of the case is being conducted by Homeland Security Investigations.

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