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Prior records for assault, resisting arrest, assault on a police officer…
Encinal police arrested a wanted man Saturday morning after he allegedly admitted his intention to smuggle illegal immigrants into Texas.
According to a report on the case, officers made contact with the driver of a white sports utility vehicle that was parked on the east access road of Interstate 35 shortly after midnight on Saturday, August 21.
It was during the roadside interview that officers noted a strong smell of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. The passengers, according to the officers, were non-compliant and kept changing their stories as to why they were in the area.
These inconsistencies prompted law enforcement to ask the men to exit the vehicle and immediately detain the suspects.
The driver, a man from Austin, admitted to officers that they were in the area to transport illegal immigrants from Encinal and take them north.
The passenger, who repeatedly gave officers a fake name and date of birth, was later identified as convicted felon, Dietrich Hancock.
Emergency dispatchers confirmed that Hancock is wanted on a blue warrant out of Tarrant County for aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.
Both men, identified as Anthony McKinney and Hancock are convicted felons who were out on parole.
According to officers, Hancock and McKinney have prior records for assault, resisting arrest, assault against peace officers, possession of narcotics and theft.
Officers searched the SUV and discovered marijuana in the center console, a loaded firearm and an extra loaded magazine.
Hancock was transported to the La Salle County Jail without further incident.
The Encinal Police Department extended their gratitude to the U.S. Border Patrol agents and Texas Department of Public Safety troopers who assisted in the arrest.
The Texas Department of Criminal Justice issues a blue warrant for individuals under supervision who are accused of violating their terms of release or committing a new crime.