22-year-old Colombian model Juliana Lopez now faces the death penalty after she was arrested at the Guangzhou airport in China on July 18th for smuggling drugs into the country. She was caught with a large quantity of a banned substance that was stashed inside her laptop.
After winning the Miss Antioquia beauty pageant, Juliana was set to participate in the Miss World Medellin competition this week, but contact with her was lost when she arrived in China. Chinese officials later confirmed to her family that she had been arrested for drug smuggling.
If found guilty, she could face life in prison or the sobering reality of execution. In China, carrying drugs is not only illegal, but can carry the death penalty. Friends and family of Juliana are now desperately trying to help her and they are raising money in order to hire a top lawyer to bring her home.