Massachusetts woman sentenced to prison for smuggling heroin from Mexico

Courtesy: MGNonline

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Massachusetts woman is headed to prison for arranging the transportation of heroin from Mexico to Rhode Island.

Thirty-nine-year-old Olga Lidia Sandoval, of Attleboro, was sentenced Thursday to seven years in prison by a federal judge in Providence.

She was arrested in May 2016 after Rhode Island police said they found 14 pounds (6 kilograms) of heroin in the axle of a truck that Sandoval and her co-conspirators were using to smuggle drugs.

Sandoval pleaded guilty this year to charges including possession of more than a kilogram of heroin with intent to distribute.

Prosecutors say Sandoval is a Guatemalan national and will be turned over to immigration officials for deportation after her prison term.

She also agreed to forfeit $10,000 that was seized from her home.

Her lawyer declined to comment.


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