SAN ANTONIO – Before he was a councilman in Crystal City, Marco Rodriguez claims to have served in the United States Army, according to his Facebook page. Now, he’s in a federal detention center, accused of smuggling undocumented immigrants.
The arrest happened Saturday [Jan. 2] at a post office in Big Wells. The feds say that Rodriguez was pulled over by a Border Patrol agent. They chatted briefly before Rodriguez allegedly tried to run away. Eventually, Border Patrol caught up to him and the three undocumented immigrants he was with.
In the criminal complaint, Rodriguez admitted to being hired to transport the immigrants. The 36-year-old also told a federal agent that he had transported immigrants on two other occasions, driving them to San Antonio.
Rodriguez says he was paid $500 and $1400 on those trips. KENS 5 went to Rodriguez’s parents home, but no one answered the door. The city manager and mayor also declined to talk.