South Texas police officer accused of human smuggling resigns

A South Texas police officer has resigned and faces a human smuggling charge after being stopped at a border checkpoint with two women allegedly in the U.S. illegally.

McAllen police Officer Joan de la Fuente-Garza is in custody pending a federal detention hearing Thursday.

Prosecutors say the officer was off-duty Friday and in a northbound car with two women at the Falfurrias checkpoint. They say the passengers could not produce identification on their immigration status.

De la Fuente-Garza had been a McAllen officer since 2011. She resigned later Friday.

A magistrate on Monday ordered her to remain in custody. The women she allegedly transported were also detained.

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Messages left with an attorney for de la Fuente-Garza seeking comment on the allegations and with McAllen police weren't immediately returned.

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