Atlanta woman returning from “Nuevo Laredo vacation” found with $1.9M in heroin

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 Sol Prendido Borderland Beat   Imtonline

U.S. Customs and Border
Protection officers said they seized more than 90 pounds of meth from a woman
who claimed she was returning from vacationing in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. CBP
later said that the woman was also transporting about 3 pounds of heroin.

A woman caught with $1.9 million
in narcotics claimed she was returning from a vacation in Nuevo Laredo states
an arrest affidavit filed on Thursday.

Kathleen Ann Standley, a U.S.
citizen from Georgia, was arrested and charged with import, attempt to import
and conspire to import a controlled substance.

A 2011 Chevrolet Traverse arrived
at the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge on Wednesday. Authorities identified
the driver as Standley, a 54-year-old U.S. citizen. U.S. Customs and Border
Protection officers referred her to secondary inspection.

An X-ray of the Chevrolet yielded
several anomalies in the cargo area. CBP officers then discovered an
aftermarket compartment with multiple packages that tested positive for 94.35
pounds of methamphetamine.

Homeland Security Investigations
special agents responded to investigate further. Standley allegedly agreed to talk
to authorities without an attorney present.

Standley resided in Georgia and
departed on Oct. 2 to Nuevo Laredo for a vacation. She stated that while at her
hotel, she provided her vehicle keys to someone who returned the keys four days
later. Standley then drove to the bridge, where she was eventually arrested.

“Standley stated she knew the
vehicle contained something illegal but was unsure what. Standley stated she
knew this because she was being paid a few thousand dollars and was going to be
able to keep the vehicle. Standley was aware that transporting narcotics into
the United States was illegal and had knowledge that the vehicle she was
operating contained contraband,” states the affidavit.

CBP released a statement on
Friday saying that they had also seized 3.30 pounds of heroin from the
Chevrolet. The combined narcotics had an estimated street value of $1,962,137,
CBP said.