Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), and the Texas National Guard are continuing to work together to secure the border; stop the smuggling of drugs, weapons, and people into Texas; and prevent, detect, and interdict transnational criminal behavior between ports of entry.
Since the launch of Operation Lone Star, the multi-agency effort has led to:
- over 323,000 migrant apprehensions,
- more than 21,600 criminal arrests,
- with more than 19,200 felony charges reported.
- In the fight against fentanyl, DPS has seized over 350 million lethal doses of fentanyl during this border mission.
- almost 8,300 migrants to our nation's capital since April,
- over 3,700 migrants to New York City since August 5, and
- more than 1,200 migrants to Chicago since August 31st.
Operation Lone Star continues to fill the dangerous gaps left by the Biden Administration's refusal to secure the border. Every individual who is apprehended or arrested and every ounce of drugs seized would have otherwise made their way into communities across Texas and the nation due to President Biden's open border policies.
Texas National Guard soldiers assisted law enforcement with the seizure of 100 lbs. of marijuana and the apprehension of four illegal immigrants. After crossing the border, two illegal immigrants attempted to evade federal law enforcement agents. Soldiers moved south to intercept the remaining two illegal immigrants on foot.
The four smugglers were in possession of two 50-pound bundles of marijuana with an approximate street value of $150,000.
DPS Stops Drug Smuggling Attempt, Seizes Nearly 300 Lbs. Of Marijuana
DPS troopers noticed a blacked-out ATV leaving the river and travelling toward them. The ATV struck the patrol unit, causing one passenger to be thrown off the ATV.
Border Patrol apprehended two of the male suspects after they attempted to run.
Troopers uncovered and seized bundles with nearly 300 pounds of marijuana.