Texas National Guard Member Arrested for Alleged Human Smuggling

A soldier from the Texas National Guard, deployed to Eagle Pass as part of Governor Greg Abbott’s Operation Lone Star, was taken into custody on Sunday for allegedly trying to smuggle a migrant across the U.S.-Mexico border.

The Department of Public Safety in Texas confirmed that 26-year-old Savion Johnson faces charges of evading arrest, smuggling of persons, and unlawful carry of a weapon.

According to Kinney County Sheriff Brad Coe, the soldier reversed course upon approaching a newly set up Border Patrol checkpoint on Highway 674. This suspicious behavior prompted agents to attempt to stop the vehicle. Texas DPS officers used spike strips to halt the SUV.

Deputies from the Kinney County Sheriff’s office joined in the arrest, and the soldier was removed from the vehicle for a search.

The undocumented migrant the soldier allegedly attempted to transport fled from the scene but was later apprehended by Border Patrol.

Texas National Guard Member Arrested for Alleged Human Smuggling

Reports suggest that Johnson, who was allegedly promised $5,000 to $6,000, did not have access to advanced technology like license plate readers. However, he was armed, which led to an elevated smuggling charge.

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Kinney County Sheriff Coe remarked that while the motives behind such actions are unclear, perpetrators will face consequences.

Governor Abbott condemned the alleged actions, stating, “If the allegations are true, the accused is a traitor and criminal. We have zero tolerance for Texans who violate laws that directly contradict the mission we are seeking to achieve.”

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