A South Texas city councilman has been arrested on human smuggling charges for allegedly trying to transport three immigrants to San Antonio.
Marco Antonio Rodriguez of Crystal City faces a federal detention hearing Thursday in Del Rio.
Rodriguez serves on the council in Crystal City, a town of about 7,000 located 100 miles southwest of San Antonio.
Prosecutors say Rodriguez was arrested Saturday in Big Wells when he drove a truck, with three passengers, to a post office parking lot. Border Patrol agents confronted Rodriguez and detained the passengers allegedly in the U.S. illegally.
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A criminal complaint says Rodriguez told agents he was being paid to drive immigrants to San Antonio.
An attorney for Rodriguez didn't immediately return a message for comment Wednesday. Crystal City officials also didn't immediately comment.