A young woman and a grandmother from South Florida have been detained in Cuba on charges that they tried to smuggle synthetic marijuana when they landed at the Havana airport over the weekend, relatives say.

Melissa Acosta, 20, and the older woman were arrested after they had cleared customs and were about to leave the airport, the relatives said. Acosta was being held in the Havana jail known by its street address as “100 y Aldavoz.”

Acosta’s mother, Jenny Valdes of West Kendall, declined comment for El Nuevo Herald, saying that she had been advised to make no further public comments because of the sensitivity of the case...



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