Texas law enforcement officers working through Operation Lone Star continue to thwart criminal activity at the Texas-Mexico border, including interdicting human smugglers and kidnappers.
Since Gov. Greg Abbott launched Texas’ border security initiative last March, state law enforcement officers have apprehended more than 308,700 illegal foreign nationals, made more than 20,200 criminal arrests, including more than 17,900 on felony charges.
Most recently, DPS state troopers arrested a Mexican national in Mission, Texas, after he attempted to take a Texas National Guard soldier’s weapon. After arresting the 45-year-old Mexican national, Ricardo Jaime-Ruiz, DPS learned he is a previously deported felon.
Ruiz allegedly committed the crime while a National Guard soldier was assisting Border Patrol agents apprehend a large group of people who’d illegally entered the U.S. near Bentsen Palm Community Park in Mission, Texas. Ruiz fled, attempting to evade capture. The soldier issued verbal commands to stop but instead Ruiz grabbed the soldier’s M-4 rifle with both hands. He tried to take the gun away but was stopped by other soldiers.
On Sept. 24 in Weslaco at the Mid Valley Airport, DPS Special Agents noticed several vehicles arrive and drop off seven people who boarded a Raytheron plane. The officers apprehended them and discovered that one was a U.S. citizen who coordinated the smuggling operation; six were foreign nationals illegally being brought to Houston.
Among them were four men and two women who were citizens of El Salvador and Mexico who had fraudulent Texas identification cards. One of the men was a previously deported felon wanted in Wisconsin for sexual assault of a child.
DPS Lt. Chris Olivarez told Fox News, “We’re starting to see an increase in planes that are being used to smuggle illegal immigrants further into the State of Texas, and then from there they make it further into the interior. There is […]
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