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National Guardsman in Texas Arrested for Alleged Human Trafficking

A national guardsman was reportedly apprehended by Texas authorities on Sunday after attempting to evade officers during an alleged illegal immigrant smuggling operation.

Savion Johnson was apprehended by law enforcement officers from the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Kinney County Sheriff’s Department in Brackettville, Texas.

The arrest came after Johnson engaged in a high-speed chase that exceeded 100 mph, as reported by the New York Post.

Johnson is facing charges of evading arrest, human smuggling, and unlawfully carrying a weapon.

According to Kinney County Sheriff Brad Coe, Johnson is a member of the Texas National Guard participating in Abbott’s Operation Lone Star.

This initiative aims to address the issue of illegal immigration into Texas from the Mexican border.

According to the Post, Johnson was reportedly offered a sum of money to smuggle the individual who was subsequently apprehended.

Johnson reportedly fled from a Border Patrol checkpoint in a government vehicle, prompting officers to engage in a pursuit spanning 15 miles.

Law enforcement successfully immobilized the vehicle by strategically deploying spike strips, causing the tires to deflate.

Johnson, like many before him, has been apprehended for his alleged involvement in the illicit transportation of individuals across U.S. borders.

In June, two soldiers, including a national guardsman, were arrested in the same area as Johnson on charges of smuggling illegal aliens.

In a recent move, Abbott has taken a strong stance against illegal immigration by implementing a new law that empowers local law enforcement to address unlawful entry as a state crime.

A panel of judges from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has temporarily halted the implementation of a law that was supposed to take effect earlier this year.

The court is currently addressing a legal challenge to determine whether the law is constitutional.

The Biden administration has taken issue with the Texas law, asserting that immigration enforcement falls solely under the jurisdiction of the federal government.

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