WESLACO, Texas (ValleyCentral/Border Report) — More state funding is coming toward efforts to stop drug and people smuggling into Texas, according to a press release Thursday from the governor’s office.
Gov. Greg Abbott’s Public Safety Office will award more than $36.4 million in grants that support the efforts of Operation Lone Star.
A total of $22.3 million will be available for to help with prosecution, while $14 million will go toward counties along the border “to enhance interagency border security operations supporting OLS, including the facilitation of directed actions to deter and interdict criminal activity as well as detain and prosecute individuals arrested for state crimes related to the border crisis.”
Abbott’s announcement came the same day the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Military Department held their third briefing with updates on Operation Lone Star.