CBP Officers Arrest Female Smuggler, Woman with Fraudulent Documents
HIDALGO - Customs and Border Protection officers in Hidalgo arrested a woman who allegedly attempted to smuggle a Mexican citizen into the U.S. and another woman for allegedly using fraudulent documents to illegally enter the country.
The smuggling incident occurred on Nov. 28 at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge and it involved a 44-year-old female U.S. citizen from Mississippi who allegedly attempted to smuggle an 18-year-old man from Mexico.
The adult woman and young man both presented a U.S. passport to the primary officer and a CBP officer referred them for further inspection due to inconsistencies detected during the initial inspection.
Once in secondary, officers discovered that the U.S. passport did not belong to the young man and that he was a Mexican citizen from Veracruz without valid documents to legally enter or reside in the U.S.
On Nov. 26, CBP officers at Hidalgo encountered a 30-year-old woman arriving from Mexico at the pedestrian walkway.
The primary officer detected irregularities with the entry documents the woman presented and a secondary inspection resulted in officers discovering that the Mexican passport, U.S. visa and I-94 permit were all fraudulent.
The two adult women were arrested for alleged violations of U.S. immigration law and were presented before a U.S. federal magistrate on charges stemming from these violations.
The young man was processed administratively and returned back to Mexico.