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CBP Arrests Woman Attempting to Smuggle Boy into Arizona

Release Date: 
June 7, 2012

Douglas, Ariz. - A woman was arrested at the Douglas Port of Entry for attempting to smuggle a 2-year-old boy into the United States on Tuesday.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers were screening travelers applying for entry into the U.S. when they became suspicious of Abigail Meraz Valenzuela, 20, who was pushing a stroller with a young child.

Officers determined that Meraz was attempting to smuggle the 2-year-old for monetary gain. Meraz was immediately arrested on charges of alien smuggling.

Individuals arrested may be charged with a criminal complaint, which raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021