WESLACO, Texas – Gov. Greg Abbott held a news conference Thursday where he gave an update on Operation Lone Star, which was launched in early March to “help secure the border and combat the smuggling of people and drugs in Texas.” The operation now also includes anti-human trafficking efforts.
Abbott was joined by Texas Department of Public Safety director Col. Steve McCraw, Adjutant General of Texas Tracy Norris, members of the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) and local law enforcement.
During the news conference, Abbott said the operation has led to nearly 600 arrests. The arrests included a stash house search where authorities found illegal immigrants and a gang member who is wanted in connection with the sexual assault of a child.
Officials have also arrested several smugglers who Abbott said are connected to child pornography, sexual assault and physical abuse. Abbott said Texas DPS officials have been able to save children and others from violent criminals thanks to the operation.
Watch the full news conference below: