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Woman Accused Of Smuggling 11 Pounds Of Meth Into SFO

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Hands hold bag of crystal methamphetamine and pipe

Hands hold bag of crystal methamphetamine and pipe (CBS)

SAN FRANCISCO INT’L AIRPORT (CBS SF) — A North Carolina woman was caught at San Francisco International Airport allegedly trying to smuggle nearly 11 pounds of methamphetamine into the country inside a piece of wood furniture, federal prosecutors said Friday.

Naomi Antunez, 21, was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury on a charge of possession with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Antunez was stopped at SFO on Dec. 13, 2012 as she entered the country on a commercial flight from Mexico. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officials discovered the drugs in a piece of wooden furniture in her luggage.

Following her indictment on Thursday, Antunez appeared in federal court Friday morning and entered a plea of not guilty. She is next scheduled to appear in court on March 6.

If convicted, Antunez faces a potential sentence of 10 years to life in prison and a $10 million fine, prosecutors said.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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