Alleged human smuggler claims fall flat on Operation Lone Star officers

(The Center Square) – Of the many American drivers pulled over near the border, or along major routes to and from the border, many are charged with human smuggling. But before they are, they make claims that officers quickly identify are false, law enforcement tells The Center Square.

Drivers leaving a border town with a vehicle full of people have said they are going to “visit family in Houston,” going to a funeral in Houston, Dallas or San Antonio, are “traveling with friends,” or a “guy paid me to pick up his workers.”

They “never know their names [of those being transported], even if they claim to be family,” one Operation Lone Star Task Force investigator in Goliad County told The Center Square. The investigator cannot be named because he works undercover.

OLS is Gov. Greg Abbott’s border security mission; the OLS Task Force involves multiple law enforcement agencies working to
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