On Wednesday, Texas Highway Patrol Troopers stopped a Katy, Texas, man traveling south on Interstate 35 near Laredo. Suspecting something was amiss, the troopers escorted the beige SUV to a Border Patrol checkpoint for a more detailed search.
With the help of a Border Patrol K-9 team and an x-ray scanner, authorities discovered packages hidden within the vehicle’s floorboard in a specially constructed compartment. At total of 48 packages were discovered and removed for inspection.
In all, $389,620 USD were kept in the packages. Troopers seized the currency, vehicle, and arrested the driver–a U.S. citizen from the Houston metro.
More than 1,000 troopers and Texas Army National Guard are deployed to the border regions to address the current migrant crisis. Operation Lone Star launched in March.
Texas Department of Public Safety personnel and the Army National Guard troops working Operation Lone Star have made more than 1,870 criminal