- Associated Press - Saturday, May 20, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - An Arizona woman is facing up to a 20-year sentence in federal prison after pleading guilty to a heroin trafficking charge in New Mexico.

Prosecutors say 29-year-old Tabitha Marie Ochoa, of Nogales, entered her plea Friday in an Albuquerque court.

Ochoa and a female co-defendant were arrested in February after law enforcement officers found nine bundles of heroin weighing more than five pounds in their vehicle during a traffic stop.

Prosecutors say Ochoa pleaded guilty to possession of heroin with intent to distribute.

They say Ochoa admitted she was being paid to deliver the heroin to another person.

She remains in custody pending a sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.

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