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A 30-year-old woman caught at Los Angeles International Airport with pounds of heroin and cocaine in her luggage is expected to be sentenced Wednesday for her role in a drug ring that used couriers to carry narcotics on flights from Los Angeles to Detroit.

Kennsha Mason pleaded guilty in Los Angeles federal court to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine. The felony charge carries a mandatory 10-year minimum federal prison sentence, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Three co-defendants also pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charge. Kevin “Wood” Blair, 47, of Pasadena, the leader of the ring, is set to be sentenced Dec. 17. Delano “Bop Bop” Leflore is scheduled for sentencing Monday. Gabriela Maria De Leon got off with time already served for her minor role in the scheme.

The case began to unfold in March 2017 when authorities discovered more than four pounds of heroin and two pounds of cocaine in the checked luggage of Mason, who lives in Detroit.

Leflore, 38, also of Detroit, had hired Mason to transport the drugs and made arrangements for her to travel to Los Angeles. Upon arrival, Mason went to a townhouse on South Oakland Avenue in Pasadena, where Blair supplied the narcotics that were discovered by law enforcement in her suitcase, according to federal prosecutors.

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