Customs officers foil $8,500 scheme to smuggle child to Virginia

A Brownsville woman is facing criminal charges after being accused of taking part in an $8,500 scheme to smuggle a Central American child to Virginia.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers arrested Mirtha Veronica Nava-Martinez on Saturday.

Nava-Martinez drove up from Mexico at Brownsville TMs B&M International Bridge with a young girl.

Court records show that the Nava-Martinez showed customs officers a U.S. birth certificate from Brownsville.

Investigators learned the child was an illegal immigrant El Salvador and placed the girl in the care of the U.S. Department of Human and Health Services.

The girl TMs mother agreed to pay $8,500 to bring the girl to Virginia from El Salvador.

Nava-Martinez, a Mexican national who lives in Brownsville, was charged with a felony in alien smuggling and remains in custody without bond.

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