Posted on April 4, 2024

Texas National Guard Member Charged With Human Smuggling

Ali Bradley, NewsNation, April 3, 2024

A Texas National Guard soldier, deployed to Eagle Pass as part of Gov. Greg Abbott’s Operation Lone Star, was arrested Sunday for allegedly attempting to smuggle a migrant over the U.S.-Mexico border.

Texas’ Department of Public Safety confirmed in a statement to NewsNation that Savion Johnson, 26, is charged with evading arrest, smuggling of persons and unlawful carry of a weapon.


Sources say Johnson, who was promised $5,000 to $6,000, did not have access to license plate readers or other technology that could have aided him in his efforts. However, he was armed, authorities say, so the smuggling charge was elevated.


“If the allegations are true, the accused is a traitor and criminal,” Abbott said in a statement to NewsNation Monday. {snip}