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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Smuggled Balls Go Free

STOCKTON, California () -- Stockton area youths are getting 1,205 soccer balls, courtesy of an international heroin-smuggling ring.

The balls were among 1,300 soccer balls seized as evidence five years ago. Investigators determined that 95 balls, which weighed more than the rest, were used to smuggle powdered heroin into the country from Pakistan.

The rest of the balls were held as evidence. But one defendant has pleaded guilty in the case, and the other disavowed ownership of the balls, so the courts released them from evidence.