Baytown man arrested for allegedly smuggling immigrants into southeast Texas, DPS says

BAYTOWN, Texas (KTRK) -- A Baytown man has been arrested after authorities say he was smuggling undocumented immigrants into southeast Texas.

Texas State Troopers arrested 24-year-old Gilbert-Joseph Darshan Dennis Mershac on Saturday in Brooks County.

Troopers said they stopped for what appeared to be a stranded motorist parked on the northbound shoulder of SH 281. That's when they found the four passengers were illegal immigrants. Troopers believe Mershac had stopped to pick up the four passengers and was waiting on more to arrive when the authorities showed up.

The 24-year-old was arrested on human smuggling charges.

Copyright © 2021 KTRK-TV. All Rights Reserved.