EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — A woman accused of smuggling a large amount of marijuana through a New Mexico port of entry made her initial appearance in federal court Wednesday in Las Cruces, N.M.
Nancy Edith Duarte-Lujan, 39, of Deming, N.M., is named in a criminal complaint charging her with conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute marijuana, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday.
On Monday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested Duarte-Lujas at the Columbus Port of Entry in Southwestern New Mexico. She allegedly hid marijuana in the spare tire, fenders, back seat and tailgate of her truck.
Duarte-Lujan remains in federal custody pending a detention hearing on March 30, a release said. She faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of the charged offenses.