A former winner of reality TV talent show Latin American Idol has allegedly been caught trying to smuggle more than a kilo of heroin into the Unites States inside her shoes.
1.3kg of the drug were found hidden inside the heels of three pairs of platform shoes belonging to Dominican Republic singer Martha Heredia as she attempted to board a flight to New York late on Wednesday evening, the Associated Press reports.
Frank Duran, the National Drug Control Agency's director for the city of Santiago, said authorities were trying to determine if the singer was working as a mule for drug traffickers.
The 22-year-old has been charged with drug smuggling and faces up to ten years in prison if found guilty.
Heredia rose to prominence after winning Latin American Idol in 2009, even winning the backing of Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernandez, who encouraged his people to vote for her.
The following year the singer drew unwanted publicity after she hit and killed a Haitian boy with her car as he tried to cross a highway.
After disappearing from the spotlight Heredia returned to the headlines last month when she filed a domestic violence complaint against her husband, hip-hop artist Manuel Varte Marte.
He was ordered to spend three months in jail as police investigated the claims.
Author: Martin Zavan, Approving editor: Nick Pearson