Latin singer Martha Heredia has been sentenced to seven years behind bars after pleading guilty to drug smuggling charges.

The former Latin American Idol champ, who shot to fame on the talent show in 2009, was arrested at an airport in her native Dominican Republic in February, 2013 after police found 2.9 pounds (1.32 kilograms) of heroin stuffed in the heels of three pairs of platform shoes as she was about to board a flight to New York.

She confessed to trafficking heroin and was handed her punishment in court on Tuesday (12Aug14).

The 23 year old was also ordered to pay a $2,300 (£1,253) fine.