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DALLAS, Texas — A Dallas woman pled guilty to conspiring to import a large quantity of heroin and meth into the United States from Mexico, the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Southern District of Texas announced.

51-year-old Monica Christine Canales-Rodriguez entered the plea deal in the Southern District of Texas and is out on bond pending sentencing. At sentencing, she faces a minimum of 10 years and up to life in prison as well as a possible $10 million fine.

Canales-Rodriguez was arrested on September 28, 2019, after attempting to enter the United States at the Juarez-Lincoln Port of Entry in Laredo, Texas. There, federal prosecutors say she entered the port of entry driving a Toyota Four Runner.

"During initial inspection, authorities noticed anomalies in all four of the tires," stated a release from the U.S. Attorney's Office. "They conducted a search and found 24 bundles of heroin and meth discreetly hidden in the tires."

The heroin and meth weighed approximately 48.82 and 13.8 kilograms, respectively, and had a total estimated street value in excess of $1.3 million, according to the release.

In federal court on Monday, Canales-Rodriguez admitted to smuggling the drugs into the United States intent on delivering to Dallas. There, Canales-Rodriguez says she was to be paid $15,000.

Sentencing will be set at a later date before U.S. District Judge Diana Saldana.

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