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Alleged smuggler tagged at airport

A woman out on bond after she was accused of trying to bring more than 100 pounds of marijuana across the U.S-Mexico border was charged locally Thursday after police said she tried to use false identification to board a plane.

About 11 a.m. June 20, Homeland Security officials called the Allen County Drug Task Force and said they had detained a woman who tried to use a fake ID to board a Chicago-bound flight.

The woman, identified as Yoandra De La Torre, 21, of Arizona, told Fort Wayne International Airport employees and police she was using the false ID because she is out on bond and can’t fly under her real name.

De La Torre added that the case for which she is out on bond involved her being charged with attempting to bring 125 pounds of marijuana across the border.

Even though she did not board the flight, her checked baggage, which she said had $3,000 in it, made the trip to Chicago. She assured police the money was not drug money.

De La Torre was charged with synthetic identity deception and was being held in lieu of $30,000 bail.

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