NEW: Texas National Guard solider arrested for allegedly attempting to smuggle illegal immigrant in government vehicle

Apr 3, 2024 | Political News

On Sunday, a Texas National Guard soldier was arrested in Kinney County, Texas near the US-Mexico border for allegedly attempting to smuggle an illegal immigrant into the US in a government vehicle.

According to NewsNation’s Ali Bradley, the Texas National Guard soldier had been deployed to Eagle Pass from McAllen under Operation Lonestar.

Kinney County Sheriff Brad Coe said that the soldier approached a pop-up tactical Border Patrol checkpoint in Kinney County that had been operational for just a few days and turned around, alerting agents.

The agents attempted to stop the soldier, who was driving an SUV, with the pursuit ending after spike strips were deployed.

Sources told Bradley that the soldier was armed, which escalated the smuggling charge, and he was reportedly promised between $5,000 and $6,000 to smuggle the one person.

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