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Woman Arrested at Dulles with Seven Kilograms of Suspected Heroin

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Virginia

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A United States citizen who resides in Mexico was arrested early Saturday morning on charges of importing heroin into the United States.

According to court documents, Nelly Davila, 39, arrived at Washington Dulles International Airport on March 9 from Mexico City carrying a suitcase containing over seven kilograms of a substance that field-tested positive for heroin. Customs and Border Protection agents found the contraband concealed in her suitcase as she attempted to re-enter the United States.

Davila is scheduled for a preliminary hearing and detention hearing today at 2 p.m. at the federal courthouse in Alexandria.

Davila is charged with importing a schedule I controlled substance and faces a maximum penalty of 40 years and a mandatory minimum of five years in prison, if convicted. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Tracy Doherty-McCormick, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Casey Owen Durst, Director of Customs and Border Protection’s Baltimore Field Office, and Patrick J. Lechleitner, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Washington, D.C., made the announcement. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Williamson is prosecuting the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information is located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 1:18-mj-122.

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Joshua Stueve
Director of Communications

Updated March 14, 2018

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