A Houston woman is behind bars in the Rio Grande Valley after she allegedly tried to smuggle a 3-year-old girl into the United States.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers arrested 29-year-old Roberta Ausencio on human smuggling charges on Tuesday.
Ausencio drove up from Matamoros at Brownsville TMs Veterans International Bridge with a young girl.
The Houston woman told customs officers that the girl was her daughter and showed them a birth certificate of a 3-year-old girl.
Customs officers learned that the young girl was actually an illegal immigrant from Mexico.
Court records show that Ausencio confessed that she was supposed to get paid $1,500 dollars to smuggle the girl.
Ausencio appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald Morgan in Brownsville on Wednesday morning.
Records show that Ausencio is a United States citizen who lives in Houston.
Judge Morgan denied bond for Ausencio until a Friday morning hearing.