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Florida woman faces life for cocaine bust

BEAUMONT — A 41-year-old Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., woman has been indicted for federal drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, according to authorities,

U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown said Shenita Denise Peterson was indicted Wednesday, charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

According to information provided in court, on Aug. 23, 2019, Peterson was stopped for a traffic violation on Interstate Highway 10 in Beaumont.

A search of the vehicle revealed approximately 45 individual kilograms of cocaine, which were concealed in the door panels of the vehicle.

If convicted, Peterson faces up to life in federal prison.

This case is being investigated by the Beaumont Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert L. Rawls.