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.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.