Two arrested on the Tamaulipas-Texas border for human smuggling as part of “Operation Lone Star”


REYNOSA, TAMAULIPAS.- A suspected human smuggler carrying six illegal immigrants in Texas led authorities on a high-speed chase before crashing near a shopping mall, officials said on Wednesday, November 9th.

A human smuggler led agents from the U.S. Border Patrol and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) on a high-speed chase in McAllen, Texas, – which is right across the U.S.-Mexico border, next to the Mexican city of Reynosa, in the state of Tamaulipas.

The vehicle crashed near a shopping mall, Texas DPS Lt. Chris Olivarez said in a tweet Wednesday afternoon. The driver, passenger, and six illegal immigrants fled on foot, he said.

DPS agents arrested the driver and passenger – both 17 – for human smuggling. Three of the illegal immigrants were arrested and referred to U.S. Border Patrol. The passenger was in possession of a handgun, Olivarez said.

He indicated that the arrest was part of Operation Lone Star, an initiative by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to help secure the Texas-Mexico border.

Source: El Mañana

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