GUNTER,TX-A man wanted by U.S. Marshals was arrested in Gunter. Victoria Maranan tells us more.
Gunter police thought they were just responding to a routine traffic stop at the city's Exxon along highway 289, turns out the man they arrested was wanted by U.S. Marshals.
"Pulled the subject out of a car, there was open alcohol containers in the car. He issued a few citations released some people and one of the individuals ended up having a warrant for a probation violation by the United States Marshal Service for human smuggling," said Gunter police chief Bryce Kennedy.
A routine traffic stop last month led to the arrest of a man wanted by U.S. Marshals, Jose Meneses, who had an outstanding warrant for violating probation. Kennedy said it's unusual to see such incident in a small town like Gunter.
"We have our fair share of D.W.I.'s, drugs, domestic violence we try keep a pretty good lid on. But it's unusual when we see a federal arrest warrant, especially for human smuggling by the United States Marshal," he said.
He said illegal immigration and human smuggling is out of local police jurisdiction unless there is a warrant issued.
"Local law enforcement, we don't enforce those laws that's a federal law, they have the power to enforce them, we don't. However, when there's a warrant issued for the arrest of someone no matter who issues the warrant...whether it be local, state or federal officers will execute that arrest warrant," he said.
Kennedy said it's all in a day's work.
"I'm just glad we can help out, you know? Whenever we can help out. This is the kind of thing we do everyday, you never know what you're going get in to."
Meneses is now in custody of the U.S. Marshal's office in Del Rio, Texas.