EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – A woman appeared in federal court in Las Cruces yesterday for a criminal complaint charging her with conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
39-year-old Nancy Edith Duarte-Lujan from Deming, New Mexico, allegedly tried to enter the United States on March 23 at the port of entry in Columbus, New Mexico with a large quantity of marijuana.
According to a release, Duarte-Lujan had the marijuana concealed in the spare tire, fenders, back seat and tailgate of her truck.
U.S Customs and Border Protection arrested Duarte-Lujan after inspecting her vehicle, and Duarte-Lujan is currently in custody pending a detention hearing on March 30, a release said.
According to officials, a criminal complaint is only an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Duarte-Lujan faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of the charged offenses.