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Santiago.- Pop singer Martha Heredia, accused of trying to smuggle 1.28 kilos of heroin out of the country through Cibao International Airport, will spend one year in prison to await trial, Santiago judge Deyanira Mendez  ruled Monday.

The 2009 winner of the reality show Latin American Idol will be incarcerated in the penitentiary at Rafey starting today Tuesday, said Santiago prosecutor Luisa Liranzo.

She said the prosecution submitted evidence linking the artist with drug possession.

During the hearing the singer's lawyer Felix Portes interrupted the prosecutor, to request the field test which determined the type of drug, the tickets, the videos and the numbers of the luggage tickets. "They haven’t provided any specific document as to the package where the finding occurred, nor what kind of substance it had. The prosecution had to conduct a field test at the very airport.”

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Written by: mannyberrios, 26 Feb 2013 8:29 AM
From: United States
lol
Written by: RobertoJose, 26 Feb 2013 8:49 AM
From: United States, FREEPORT, Long Island......blues and stripe bass
Once again, the Keystone coppers jeopardizes the case.....Everyone is so happy to get a gold star next to their name, they forget the protocol.
Written by: glomarexplorer, 26 Feb 2013 9:48 AM
From: United States, Fresh Water Paradise-NY Finger Lakes

It seems to me that this girl has some deep feelings of entitlement and lack of culpability because of her status as a performer. Every mug shot I see of her seems to show a "Mona Lisa-like" smile, which sort of conveys that this is a charade and that she is above the law and that she will soon be out plying her trade and resuming her drug career. Yes and regrettably, that would be possible under our chaotic and disgraceful judicial system, where everything is for sale-all the way to the presidency and with a brief stop at the Supreme Court.

Anyone knows what the statutes stipulate for getting caught with such amount of drugs? Please enlighten us, and then maybe we could impose a bit of pressure through this and other media for some justice.

MJEV.
Written by: curlando, 26 Feb 2013 11:19 AM
From: United States, Bronx
What size flat screen tv fit in her cell?
Written by: RobertoJose, 26 Feb 2013 11:55 AM
From: United States, FREEPORT, Long Island......blues and stripe bass
I knew she was trash the first time I laid eyes on her
Written by: generoso, 26 Feb 2013 12:40 PM
From: Dominican Republic, ****Raise your words, not your voice. Rain grows food, not thunder.****
Feel sorry for the girl, lacking sound advise from her handlers. She is now deep into the mega corrupt justice system, that is designed to funnel all her money's, and syphon them to their thieving pockets.
Now she will get a quick reality lesson in double dealing, empty promises, legal cons, speculation and false hopes, and awaken each day from the dream to the reality nightmare of Dominican prisons.
Evidence is overwhelming in her case, and no matter how much lawyer posturing and postponements are exercised, she will be condemned to 10 to 20 years in jail.
Too many eyes are watching this case closely, and she will likely serve at least 5 years in jail.
Her nervous smile is just a muscle reflex conditioned for years, Martha now is a very sad girl.
Written by: cibaeño75, 26 Feb 2013 1:36 PM
From: United States, Brooklyn
Ambition without scruples and/or common sense is a recipe for disaster.
Written by: cibaeño75, 26 Feb 2013 2:06 PM
From: United States, Brooklyn
General, I don't feel sorry for her AT ALL. She knew the consequences. Had she been succesful she would've returned to kick up dust in the face of hard working people from the comforts of her late model SUV. The drug business is a plague to our communities' name in the US and the hard working people in our cumminity are partly to blame. Why? Because for the most part they fail to ostracize those among us that participate in such illegal acttivity. So-called "serious" people among us are quick to kiss the butts or even go so far as to facilitate relationships with their daughters with such individuals. I've seen time and time again and it's disgusting.
Written by: generoso, 26 Feb 2013 2:52 PM
From: Dominican Republic, ****Raise your words, not your voice. Rain grows food, not thunder.****
Ciby:
The general corrosion prevalent in our institutions, and the desire to get rich quick, with as little effort as possible, is the prevalent trend in modern Dominican society.
Nobody wants to wait their turn on line, rules are made to be broken, and those that earn a good living, should not be questioned about legalities of their source of income.
That is why impunity rules in our society, as the unwritten generational rule that those that steal or break the rules now will be forgiven, by the future law breakers.
Martha is a victim of the system that places our patio celebrities as Godesses, to be adored and worshipped by all. This feeling of omnipotence drives our celebs to stretch destiny as far as possible, to test the system, like children seeing how far they could get away with disobedience.
I still do feel sorry for her, because her failure is a failure of us all.
Written by: cibaeño75, 26 Feb 2013 3:01 PM
From: United States, Brooklyn
"I still do feel sorry for her, because her failure is a failure of us all."

I disagree. The failure is hers and hers alone.
Written by: generoso, 26 Feb 2013 3:12 PM
From: Dominican Republic, ****Raise your words, not your voice. Rain grows food, not thunder.****
I concede that you maybe be more correct than my POV.
But as myself a father of two wonderful girls, I put myself in her parents shoes and take blame also.
Written by: Ricardolito, 26 Feb 2013 4:13 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
Really !! a girl of her age is not responsible for her own actions,,,she knew what she was doing was illegal , very dangerous and if she had been caught in the usa ,she would be in prison for longer and if she was travelling to many Asian countries she would have a rope around her neck . She went after her boyfriend and had him locked up ..I wonder if he was angry with her drug involvement .
There are too many decent people wanting and needing help to waste tears on a bad egg like this one
Written by: the_haitian, 26 Feb 2013 4:20 PM
From: United States, west orange new jersey
Can some explain why a person has to spend a year in jail before going to trial. If you are found not guilty of the crime . You are still being punish. At least you get bail
Written by: generoso, 26 Feb 2013 5:57 PM
From: Dominican Republic, ****Raise your words, not your voice. Rain grows food, not thunder.****
Mr.Haitian
According to the new revised judicial code in the DR, which still adheres to Napoleonic law principles, of "guilty until proven innocent", the one year provisional jail sentence is to prevent flight, until a former trial can be completed.
In these obvious cases of transporting commercial quantities of illegal drugs, bail is not an option.
Written by: RobertoJose, 26 Feb 2013 6:39 PM
From: United States, FREEPORT, Long Island......blues and stripe bass
lol...

She should have BOOFED IT Up Da Keester!!!

(lol... these words can be located in the Urban Dictionary....Efin funny)

Written by: guillermone, 26 Feb 2013 11:45 PM
From: United States, Bring Back DT Forum
No one should feel happy for the misfortune of others. She could have been a sister, cousin, daughter or friend. Justified or not, she made a mistake and she will regret it for the rest of her life...But don't we all? However, I do believe people should take responsibilities for their actions. Anyone who picks Vakero as husband most definitely lacks in the judgment department and in decision making skills, which now has carried over into a bad choice to transport drugs. That is why when I heard the news I was not one least bit surprised I always advise the inexperience, part of our success in life depends on our ability to have good judgment and decisions making skills to help us do the right thing. What happens to us today is a direct result of decisions we made yesterday. Having a sense of what's good or beneficial for yourself or others, involves making a balanced decision, weighing the pros and cons that will either negatively or positively affect the final outcome of our futures
Written by: guillermone, 26 Feb 2013 11:45 PM
From: United States, Bring Back DT Forum
No one should feel happy for the misfortune of others. She could have been a sister, cousin, daughter or friend. Justified or not, she made a mistake and she will regret it for the rest of her life...But don't we all? However, I do believe people should take responsibilities for their actions. Anyone who picks Vakero as husband most definitely lacks in the judgment department and in decision making skills, which now has carried over into a bad choice to transport drugs. That is why when I heard the news I was not one least bit surprised I always advise the inexperience, part of our success in life depends on our ability to have good judgment and decisions making skills to help us do the right thing. What happens to us today is a direct result of decisions we made yesterday. Having a sense of what's good or beneficial for yourself or others, involves making a balanced decision, weighing the pros and cons that will either negatively or positively affect the final outcome of our futures
Written by: mannyberrios, 27 Feb 2013 8:17 AM
From: United States
Yes! People make mistakes, but she is not a good person! She deserves all that she gets
Written by: Pedrin, 27 Feb 2013 9:41 AM
From: United States
That's much too long a time to wait for a trial.
Written by: guillermone, 28 Feb 2013 2:01 AM
From: United States, Bring Back DT Forum
That's much too long a time to wait for a trial.

It is the Napoleonic code which rules the Dominican judicial system. It sucks but it is what it is.
Unlike the English common law which dictates Innocence until proven guilty,
whereas with the French you are guilty until proven otherwise. Thank God my wife is not French, otherwise I would have been given the guillotene a long time ago.
Written by: the_haitian, 28 Feb 2013 5:32 AM
From: United States, west orange new jersey
@ guilermone she is latina, keep her away from knife when you going to sleep
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