Woman held in county’s largest heroin bust.
Police say 17 pounds of drug found in suitcase
A suspected illegal immigrant from Mexico was arrested after narcotics officers found nearly 17 pounds of heroin in her suitcase at the Grand Junction Greyhound bus station.
Authorities estimated the street value of the heroin at $2 million and said it is believed to be the largest heroin bust in Mesa County history.
Diana Severiano-Bojorquez, 38, was taken into custody at the bus station, 230 S. Fifth St., after Western Colorado Drug Task Force officers conducting a routine drug and weapons investigation came upon her luggage after a bus pulled into the garage for maintenance
Officers noticed several holes drilled into the side of the suitcase and an overwhelming odor of epoxy and perfume coming from the suitcase, according to an arrest affidavit.
Officers asked a Greyhound employee to page Severiano-Bojorquez, whose name was on the suitcase, and she allowed them to unlock and search the suitcase.
She told officers she was traveling from Tijuana to New York to visit family, then grew nervous and hesitant.
She then said she was going to see a cousin, although she didn’t know the cousin’s phone number, the affidavit said.
Officers opened the suitcase, lifted a liner and noticed wood underneath that created a false compartment.
They opened the compartment and found 16.9 pounds of heroin wrapped in black-taped packages, the affidavit said.
A judge on Thursday advised Severiano-Bojorquez she could be charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and being a special drug offender.
She is being held on $150,000 bond.