A former winner of “Latin American Idol” was arrested Wednesday night, reportedly with heroin in her possession, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Dominican singer Martha Heredia, 22, who won the 2009 edition of the show in Argentina, was reportedly nabbed at the Cibao international airport in the Dominican city of Santiago. She was reportedly on her way to New York.
“Local media reported the artist was found with 1.8 kg of heroin stashed inside the heels of her shoes and other similar clothes she was carrying in her luggage,” THR reports. “Heredia won the 4th season of Latin American Idol in Argentina in 2009, and was welcomed back to her home country by Dominican President Leonel Fernandez.”
"Mrs. Heredia is being transferred to the headquarters of the National Drug Control Office in Santo Domingo for questioning, before she is returned to Santiago so the local district attorney’s office can file charges against her," said Roberto Lebron, spokesman for the drug agency, speaking to local TV networks.
Heredia made news last year when she told local media members that the show was a fraud, saying she had been promised international tours that never materialized.
“Ever since winning the LatAm version of the popular TV show, Heredia has had a share of legal troubles, including a lawsuit she filed against her husband, singer Vakero, who is now in custody for abusing Heredia physically and psychologically,” the piece notes.
Heredia is quoted as writing on her Twitter account at the time: "I’m tired of taking in the beating and the insults, and the justice here is no good because they were paid off to leave while I was being abused.”
THR adds: “Heredia was also involved in a car accident in 2010 when she was driving from Santo Domingo to her hometown, Santiago. A 16-year-old Haitian boy died in the accident, for which Heredia was sued by the victim’s family.”