One-year anniversary of Operation Lone Star marked on March 4
Governor Abbott highlights previous efforts and efforts he will continue to make
AUSTIN, Texas – On Friday, Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), and the Texas National Guard marked the one-year anniversary of Operation Lone Star (OLS). This operation is an unprecedented, comprehensive mission to address the Texas’ southern border crisis. OLS officially launched on March 4, 2021. It integrates DPS assets, including Texas Highway Patrol Troopers, Special Agents, Texas Rangers, Rotary and Fixed Winged Aircraft and Tactical Boat Teams, along with the Texas National Guard and local law enforcement to secure the border.
According to a press release from the Texas Governor’s Office, since the launch of OLS, multi-agency efforts have led to over 208,000 migrant apprehensions. It also has had more than 11,800 charges for criminal offenses, including more than 9,300 felony charges. The press release also state DPS has arrested the following:
- sex offenders,
- weapons traffickers,
- previously convicted and deported criminal immigrants,
- drug dealers
- and other wanted criminals.
Members of notorious gangs have also been taken off the streets. In the fight against fentanyl, DPS has reportedly seized more than 269 million lethal doses throughout the state.
According to the press release, Governor Abbott, DPS and the Texas National Guard have increased efforts of the mission since the initial launch.
To read the efforts Governor Abbott has already made and the future ones he plans to make, click here. You can also view the Governor’s Operation Lone Star Anniversary Message.
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