An Arlington woman is facing criminal charges in the Rio Grande Valley after she allegedly tried to smuggle a baby into the United States.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers arrested 21-year-old Eira Angelica Duran-Gonzalez on federal charges on Tuesday.
Court records show that Duran-Gonzalez walked up as a pedestrian with a baby at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge.
Duran-Gonzalez showed customs officers the American birth certificate for an 7-month-old child but officers learned the baby was an 11-month-old Mexican national.
Court records show Duran-Gonzalez picked up the baby from a friend at a 7-11 store in downtown Reynosa was supposed to get paid $300 dollars.
The baby was turned over to the custody of its parents but investigators said it TMs the second time family members have tried to smuggle the child into the United States.
Duran-Gonzalez appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Dorina Ramos in McAllen on Wednesday morning.
Records show that Duran-Gonzalez is a Mexican national who lives in Arlington, Texas.
Judge Ramon denied bond for Duran-Gonzalez until a Tuesday morning hearing.