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January 23, 2014
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Accused pleads guilty to smuggling cocaine
Andre' Williams, STAR Writer

A woman accused of smuggling cocaine from Jamaica, concealed in her wedge heels, pleaded guilty in a US District court recently, THE STAR understands.

According to www.ice.gov, a Camden woman pleaded guilty last Friday for attempting to smuggle approximately two kilograms (4.5 kilograms) of cocaine into the United States following an investigation by US Customs and Border Protection, the Philadelphia Police Department and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security Investigations.

THE STAR gathered that 25-year-old Iveliza Perez was charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 500 or more grams of cocaine.

She will be sentenced on May 23.

Perez faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison with a maximum potential sentence of 40 years.

According to investigators, Perez was approached in May 2013 by two individuals soliciting her participation in a cocaine-smuggling operation.

She accepted $500 before travel and was promised between $3,000 and $4,000 upon successful delivery of the drugs into the United States.

Her co-conspirators paid for her flight and Jamaican lodging, and arranged for her bags to be packed with three pairs of wedge heels, altered to conceal narcotics.

Our news team understands that Perez was caught with 1.992 kilograms of cocaine upon her entry into the United States.

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