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Mexican women convicted of smuggling heroin balls in bags of potato chips

LAREDO, Texas (ValleyCentral) — Two women from Monterrey, Mexico, have been sentenced to prison terms for smuggling balls of heroin in bags of potato chips, authorities announced Tuesday.

Maria Luisa Hernandez-Alanis, 41, and Tanya Melissa Cutino-Hernandez, 40, were each sentenced to three years in prison, according to the US Attorney’s Office.

On Sept. 4, the women arrived at the port of entry on the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge in Laredo by car, where they attempted to enter the United States by presenting tourist visas, the report said.

During a secondary check, authorities found two yellow bags of potato chips in Kutino’s purse, which turned out to be sealed and unopened.

“However, the contents felt like a heavy ball,” the release says. “Further verification showed that the bags contained bundles of heroin weighing 983.9 grams.”

According to a press release, each woman will be paid $300 to bring drugs into the country.

The women are expected to face expulsion after their imprisonment, authorities said.

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