SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — Texas Governor Greg Abbott is releasing new numbers compiled as Operation Lone Star continues.
The multi-agency effort between the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Texas National Guard is expanding in parts of west Texas, where Abbott says numerous issues are being confronted, including human trafficking, drug and weapons smuggling and illegal entry into the United States.
Since the launch of Operation Lone Star, more than 342,000 illegal immigrant have been apprehended, and that includes more than 23,000 criminal arrests and more than 21,000 felony charges reported.
In the fight against fentanyl, DPS has seized over 356 million lethal doses of fentanyl during this border mission.
Governor Abbott also says Texas has bused more than 9,100 migrants to our nation’s capital since April, over 5,200 migrants to New York City since August 5, more than 1,500 migrants to Chicago since August 31, and more than 890 migrants to Philadelphia since November 15.
DPS troopers recently stopped a transit van in Kinney County and discovered six illegal immigrants from Mexico concealed in the cargo area. The driver, from Houston, said he was being paid $2,000 to smuggle them. The driver was arrested and charged, and the illegal immigrants were referred to Border Patrol.