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PORTER RESIDENT ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTING TO SMUGGLE 89 MIGRANTS ACROSS THE BORDER

Marc Anthony Bane of Porter who is well known in the local law enforcement community after his countless arrests have now been arrested by the Feds after he and Tara Rene Dillon attempted to smuggle 89 migrants in a stolen 2017 Freightliner and trailer.  In the mid-afternoon of July 13, 2021, he arrived at a checkpoint on U.S. 83. When agents opened the trailer they discovered 89 migrants profusely sweating in the trailer. Bane told investigators that he received a call from an unknown person. He was to drive from Porter to a Walmart parking lot in Laredo and pick up the truck and trailer and drive it past the checkpoint to an unknown location. For this, he would be paid $1000. He claimed he did not know the contents of the trailer. Tara Dillion told investigators a man named Brian drove them from Porter to Laredo and they were to take the truck to San Antonio. Dillion said Brian drove them to a Motel 6 parking lot. Investigators secured video from Motel 6 and were able to view Bane and Dillon being dropped off in the Nissan Titan.  They then got into the 18-wheeler and left the Motel 6. The tractor-trailer they were driving was reported stolen from the same Motel 6. Both Bane and Dillon were charged in Federal Court with transport, attempt to transport, and conspire to transport the migrant.

On May 14, 2003, one of the deadliest smuggling incidents happened along Highway 87 in Victoria, Texas. In that incident, 70 people were trapped inside the trailer of an 18-wheeler. In the end, 19 of those 70 died from dehydration. Fourteen people were indicted by federal prosecutors, including truck driver Tyrone Williams, who was initially sentenced to life in prison. In total, Williams was convicted on 58 counts of conspiracy, harboring, and transporting illegal immigrants. In 2011, Williams was given a new sentence of nearly 34 years in prison after a federal appeals court overturned the multiple life sentences he received. Williams was the only defendant who faced a possible death sentence.

In July 2017 a dozen people were found in Houston in a box truck. Some as young as 16-years-old. They were all undocumented immigrants who’d paid for illegal transport into Texas from various Latin American countries. Prosecutors say they were in the truck for 12 hours with no food and little water. The Penske rental truck was in the parking lot of a strip center on Harwin in southwest Houston and held 10 men, one woman, and the teen.

Bane, who lives in Porter has been arrested in Montgomery County at least fifteen times in the past ten years. Harris County fourteen times.  He has made at least eight trips to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Charges ranging from driving without a license, evading arrest, resisting arrest, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, theft of wire, forgery and drug charges.  His last arrest was last March when he attempted to flee Montgomery County Precinct 4 Deputies of Ford Road. He appeared in court on that charge on June 29 and is due back in court in October. He is currently on a $50,000 bond for that charge. He is also on a bond from Harris County for a November 2020 burglary of a habitation. In 2004 a Montgomery County Deputy attempted to stop Bane after the deputy observed a large amount of smoke coming from the vehicle that would be consistent with fire. Bane fled but was soon caught.  In 2010 Bane who Houston Police say has ties to the Aryan Brotherhood Houston Police went to his then Kingwood Home to arrest him on a warrant for copper theft. While there they found counterfeit bills. In April 2011 Precinct 4 Deputies had a report of suspicious activity on I-69. When they arrived they found Marc Anthony Bane and his female companion Christy Jo Latham of 27808 Casey in New Caney in a pickup truck parked in the median. In that truck was the street light that had been knocked down in an accident 3 weeks ago. The street light had been cut into five pieces using a cutting torch he had in the bed of the truck. Bane was charged with theft of material 50% aluminum, bronze, copper and placed in the Montgomery County Jail with a $3000 bond. Bane told Deputies he was cleaning the roadways up. He forgot the coke cups three feet away.

Tara Renee Dillon, who was with Banes also has a record in Montgomery County with several arrests including assault, driving while intoxicated, unlawful carrying a weapon. She was last arrested on February 17, 2021, by Houston Police for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in the 23300 block of Kingwood Park. She currently has an open warrant out of Judge Grants Court after failing to abide by bond conditions.

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