Police have arrested an “undocumented” Middle Eastern woman in a Luna County, New Mexico town, during a traffic stop by a deputy sheriff.
The woman had in her possession a copy of the region’s gas pipeline plans, law enforcement officers told Judicial Watch. Local authorities notified the U.S. Border Patrol. The FBI and Joint Terrorism Task Force officials have been sent to investigate the case.
The gas pipeline plans in the woman’s possession include the Deming region, law enforcement sources say. Deming is a Luna County city situated about 35 miles north of the Mexican border and 60 miles west of Las Cruces. It has a population of about 15,000.
Last year one local publication listed Deming No. 1 on a list of the “ten worst places” to live in New Mexico due to high unemployment, poverty, crime and a horrible public education system. The entire region is a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), according to the Justice Department’s National Drug Intelligence Center due to the large amounts of methamphetamines, heroin, cocaine and marijuana smuggled through the state by Mexican traffickers. Specifically, the renowned Juárez and Sinaloa cartels operate in the area, the feds affirm in a report.