ICE employee arrested on illegal immigrant smuggling charge

A Douglas woman who works for a federal immigration agency has been accused of using her home to stash illegal immigrants being smuggled into the U.S.

A federal criminal complaint obtained by The Arizona Republic shows Stella Peterson was arrested Aug. 31 after three illegal immigrants were found in her Douglas home. She is charged with harboring illegal aliens for profit. Her son was also arrested.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Amber Cargile says Peterson works as an assistant to investigators for Homeland Security Investigations in Douglas. She is on paid administrative leave.

The complaint says Peterson admitted she knew that her son had been using the house to harbor and smuggle illegal immigrants.