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Woman facing drug charges jumps bail

Published: Friday, Aug. 24 2012 8:03 p.m. MDT

SALT LAKE CITY — A West Valley City woman who was facing charges that she used a baby as a "drug mule" has jumped bail.

Authorities said Marta Rubalcaba, 42, has been missing since Monday when she was scheduled to appear in court. She was free on $10,000 bond after being arrested and charged with using her 3-month old niece to transport drugs.

Earlier this month, police stopped Rubalcaba and Cynthia Lopez-Garnica in Bountiful. Officials with the Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force said the two women were trying to transport heroin to Ogden by hiding the drugs under the baby’s head in a car seat.

The infant has been returned to her parents in Salt Lake City. Officials said the parents could also face criminal charges as well. The investigation is ongoing.

Jasen Lee Twitter: JasenLee1

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