Woman, 21, Charged For Stuffing Meth Into Luggage at SFO

By Lisa Fernandez
|  Friday, Jan 18, 2013  |  Updated 7:17 PM PDT
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A federal grand jury indicted a  21-year-old North Carolina woman on Thursday for having about 11 pounds of methamphetamine stuffed into her luggage at San Francisco International Airport, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in San Francisco.

According to the criminal complaint, Naomi Antunez, who lives in Winston-Salem, N.C., allegedly flew with the drugs hidden into a piece of wooden furniture into SFO on Dec. 13.

She was on a flight from Mexico.

The complaint did not describe the kind of luggage or the kind of furniture.

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents were credited for finding the drugs.

"The drugs were concealed inside a piece of wood furniture in Antunez’s luggage. Alert officers of the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol discovered the drugs during Antunez’s entry into the United States at San Francisco International airport on Dec. 13, 2012," the press release read.

Antunez pleaded not guilty on Friday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler and pleaded to the felony drug trafficking charge.  She is next scheduled to appear in federal court on March 6 before U.S. District Judge Edward M. Chen.

Antunez faces a maximum sentence of 10 years to life in prison and a $10 million fine if convicted of all counts, prosecutors said in a statement.

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