BROWNSVILLE – The leader of a border volunteer group says he will not allow two members back on his camp once they are released from county jail.
The arrests are detrimental to the group’s agenda, he said.
Officials say Steven Kurt Brooks, one of the group’s members, left a handgun behind at the restroom at a Stripes Store. Brooks doesn’t have a concealed handgun license.
Brooks was arrested and charged with unlawfully carrying a weapon at a business that sells alcohol.
Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio said a second militia member, Richard Coonie Smith, tried to claim the gun.
Lucio said they knew Smith wasn’t the person on the surveillance video. He was arrested and charged with making a false police report.
“They were volunteers who came in from another state. They were here to help us on the border,” K.C. Massey said.
Massey is the leader at Camp Lonestar. The operation is nestled on private property against the border fence south of Brownsville.
“We will not allow them back into the camp,” Massey said.
“I can’t explain or say why he did what he did. I can tell you it is against what we tell people to do here at camp,” Massey said.
The arrests mark the second incident involving members from Camp Lonestar.
Last month a Border Patrol agent opened fire on an armed volunteer. The man was not injured.
Lucio said authorities are concerned about the group’s presence in the region.
“We don’t know who they are,” he said.
Massey said they don’t accept volunteers who are on probation or parole.
He says they have already kicked out four people. Smith and Brooks will make that number six.