- Associated Press - Friday, February 6, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A California woman has pleaded not guilty to drug trafficking charges in New Mexico.

Federal prosecutors say 38-year-old Graciela Meraz, of Chula Vista, entered her plea Friday.

She remains in custody pending trial, which has yet to be scheduled.

Meraz was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of possessing heroin and methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

According to court documents, Meraz was arrested by federal drug enforcement agents at a bus station in Albuquerque.

Prosecutors say a consensual search of Meraz’s baggage showed she was carrying more than a kilogram of heroin and more than four kilograms of methamphetamine.

If convicted, prosecutors say Meraz faces anywhere from 10 years in prison to a life sentence.


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