Woman held without bond

November 16, 2018

A woman accused of trying to smuggle 1,000 rounds of ammunition into Matamoros allegedly told investigators she had previously done so successfully on seven to 10 different occasions.

Federal authorities arrested Islem Deciga Wednesday after U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers discovered 10 boxes of .223 ammunition hidden in the driver side seat cover of the vehicle at the B&M International Bridge, according to a criminal complaint.

Deciga, who was born in 1985, allegedly told investigators that she would be paid $200 for delivering the ammunition to an individual in Matamoros like she allegedly had done seven to 10 times before for the same fee, court documents show.

Deciga, who made an initial appearance Thursday, is being held without bond pending a probable cause and detention hearing scheduled in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald Morgan at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 20, court records indicate.

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