Phoenix women arrested for child smuggling in Douglas

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DOUGLAS -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers working at the Douglas POE arrested two Phoenix women for attempting to smuggle 2 small children into the United States.

On Saturday the 4th in the early morning hours, CBP officers were screening traffic when they came in contact with two Phoenix women who were accompanied by 2 small children. CBP Officers became suspicious. Further investigation revealed that the two women were no relation to the children and were attempting to smuggle them into the United States. The children were identified as a 7-year-old girl and her little 1-year-old brother, both Mexican Nationals. The parents of the two young siblings were located and reunited with their children.

CBP Officers seized the vehicle. The two Phoenix women were taken into custody for further investigation.

A criminal complaint is simply the method by which a person is charged with criminal activity and 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

Field Operations is responsible for securing our borders at the ports of entry. U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers' primary mission is anti-terrorism; they screen all people, vehicles, and goods entering the United States, while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel into and out of the United States. Their mission also includes carrying out traditional border-related responsibilities, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration law, protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases, and enforcing trade laws.