Regional
10:23 am
Fri November 20, 2009

Customs Tech Arrested

El Paso – A U.S. Customs and Border Protection technician is accused of conspiring to smuggle marijuana and illegal immigrants into the U.S.

Federal investigators said Martha Alicia Garnica, a 43-year-old CBP technician, was indicted and arrested Wednesday. She is charged with conspiracy to smuggle undocumented immigrants, conspiracy to import marijuana, importation of a controlled substance and bribery of a public official. Carlos Francisco Ramirez, 40, and 23-year-old Edgar Ely Meraz were also indicted and arrested.

All three are being held without bail. Online jail records do not show if they have lawyers.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.