- Associated Press - Friday, October 9, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A jury has found an Arizona man guilty for his role in one of the state’s largest heroin busts.

Charles Ahumada, of Tucson, Arizona, was charged with two counts, including conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin. His trial wrapped up Thursday.

Authorities say the 56-year-old Ahumada was a passenger in a car that was pulled over on Interstate 94 near Bismarck in December. Authorities say there was 4½ pounds of heroin valued at $2.5 million hidden in the trunk.

The driver of the vehicle, 48-year-old Frank Villa, of Tempe, Arizona, has pleaded guilty. He is scheduled for sentencing on Jan. 4.

Ahumada is set to be sentenced on Jan. 11. He faces a maximum penalty of life in prison without parole.



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