- Associated Press - Thursday, October 8, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A federal jury has convicted an Arizona man for his participation in what North Dakota authorities are calling one of the largest heroin busts in state history.

KXMB-TV (https://bit.ly/1LpLaHj ) reports 56-year-old Charles Ahumada of Tucson, Arizona, has been found guilty of two counts, including possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

Ahumada was a passenger in a car being driven by 48-year-old Frank Villa that was pulled over on Interstate 94 near Bismarck in December. Authorities say there were 4½ pounds of heroin hidden in the trunk. It was valued at $2.5 million.

Villa, of Tempe, Arizona, pleaded guilty earlier this week to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

Both men will be sentenced in January. Ahumada’s attorney didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.


Information from: KXMB-TV, https://www.kxnet.com

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