EAGLE PASS, Texas — The two migrants rescued Friday by a missing Texas National Guard soldier were involved in “illicit transnational narcotics trafficking,” according to a statement from Texas Military Department officials. The soldier disappeared after trying to rescue the two struggling migrants crossing the Rio Grande illegally from Mexico.
The Texas Military Department has released preliminary information about the Texas Rangers investigation into the disappearance of the Texas National Guard soldier. The information reveals that the two migrants “were involved in illicit transnational drug trafficking”.
Breitbart Texas has contacted the Texas Department of Public Safety for additional information regarding these two migrants and the circumstances surrounding this allegation.
The Texas Military Department continues to search for the missing soldier assigned to Operation Lone Star. The Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Parks and Wildlife and Border Patrol continue to support TMD along with the Texas Rangers as the lead in the investigation which began yesterday when the service member went missing” , TMD officials said in a written statement on Saturday. “The serviceman selflessly attempted to assist two migrants who appeared to be drowning as they illegally crossed the river from Mexico to the United States.”
“Initial reports from Texas Rangers determined that the two migrants were involved in illicit transnational narcotics trafficking. They remain in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol,” the statement continued.
Officials say the missing soldier’s family members were notified of his disappearance on Friday evening. The soldier’s name and other identifying information is not being released at this time.
“The search for the missing TMD soldier will continue until we have exhausted all available resources,” officials concluded. “The Texas Military Department is grateful to all interagency partners for their continued support in this operation to locate our missing soldier. Our thoughts and prayers are with the soldier’s family.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott pledged his office’s support for efforts to locate the missing soldier.
“The Texas Governor’s Office continues to work with the Texas National Guard and other law enforcement as they search for the missing soldier,” Abbott wrote Friday.
This is a developing story and will be updated as new information becomes available.
Bob Price is associate editor and main contributor for the Breitbart Texas-Border team. He is an original member of the Breitbart Texas team. Price is a regular panelist on Fox 26 Houston’s What are you getting at? Sunday morning talk show. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX and Confront
Randy Clark is a 32-year veteran of the United States Border Patrol. Prior to his retirement, he served as the Division Chief of Law Enforcement Operations, directing the operations of nine Border Patrol posts in the Del Rio, Texas area. Follow him on Twitter @RandyClarkBBTX.