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A national guardsman was arrested Friday afternoon, September 17, after he allegedly attempted to smuggle three illegal immigrants through South Texas.
The case was initiated at 4 p.m. Friday when Frio County deputies effected a traffic stop on the driver of a Ford Focus after they reportedly saw the man committing a traffic violation in the northbound lane of IH-35 near Milemarker 112 near Moore.
According to a report on the case, the driver stopped the car and three passengers climbed out of the vehicle and absconded into the brush.
Deputies immediately arrested driver Treylon Dantzler, 21, a member of the Mississippi National Guard.
Dantzler allegedly claimed he did not know the identities of the individuals in the car and refused to comply with investigating deputies.
It was during a search of the sedan that deputies discovered Dantzler’s uniform, military identification card and a firearm.
The man was transported to the Frio County Jail without further incident and faces a Class A misdemeanor charge for the unlawful carrying of a firearm and a third-degree felony charge for the smuggling of a person.
The sheriff’s office has confirmed that it has contacted the Fort Sam Houston military police to report the incident.
Frio County officers reported earlier this month that they continue encountering smugglers despite the recent increase in law enforcement in the border region, and that those attempting to transport immigrants and narcotics through South Texas have begun using a wide range of ploys and evasion tactics to avoid detection or capture.