FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) _ A New York City woman who saddled her 9-year-old son with heroin and used him to smuggle the drugs into Florida was sentenced to six years in prison Friday.

Sharrall Vassell, 37, and her son had more than 15 pounds of heroin from Panama hidden on their bodies when she was arrested last June, according to the U.S. Customs Service. Agents estimated the value of the drugs at about $12 million.

The two had returned to Port Everglades from a 10-day cruise when customs agents stopped them.