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Two accused of trying to sneak heroin into halfway house

OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma City couple is arrested for allegedly trying to sneak a large amount of heroin into a halfway house.

At the Carver Transitional Center on S. May Ave., the sign out front warns visitors they will be searched.

That warning didn’t stop 20-year-old Laura Rivas from being caught on camera allegedly trying to sneak drugs through the front door.

“There was video of the event; somebody coming in and they had heroin inside their boots,” Oklahoma City police Master Sgt. Gary Knight said.

According to police, officers searched two boots and found more than 30 balloons of heroin. 

Rivas had been trying to visit her boyfriend, Omar Sanchez, who’d been staying at Carver for pretrial housing.

Administrators with the halfway house admit not many people try to sneak drugs into the building, mainly because they have so much security in place.

The mother had two small kids with her at the time of the incident, a 1-year-old toddler and a 2-month-old baby. 

This isn’t the two suspects’ first run-in with police.

Two weeks ago city and federal officers raided the couple’s apartment building and found 150 balloons filled with heroin as well as scales and unused balloons.

Those are clear signs of distribution.

“That’s really sad,” neighbor Savannah Burke said. “I know times are hard but you should never resort to that, especially with two young kids.”

State narcotics experts estimate the heroin confiscated could be worth more than $10,000.

“A large, large haul of heroin between the two cases,” Knight said. “It’s good to get the drugs off the street and get the two suspects identified and arrested.”

Both suspects remain in the Oklahoma County jail.

They’re being held on $30,000 bond each.