Follow Us

Texas' Operation Lone Star results in 422 million fentanyl doses seized, 394,200 migrants stopped

Texas has also bused more than 27,260 migrants to Democrat-led sanctuary cities across the U.S.

Published: July 23, 2023 8:16am

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's mission to stop the influx of illegal migrants, drugs and weapons into the United States under Operation Lone Star has resulted in the seizure of over 422 million lethal fentanyl doses and the apprehension of over 394,200 illegal migrants, his office said. 

Operation Lone Star launched in March 2021, integrating the Texas Department of Public Safety with the Texas National Guard to combat smuggling into the state. 

Abbott's office on Friday said: "Since the launch of Operation Lone Star, the multi-agency effort has led to over 394,200 illegal immigrant apprehensions and more than 31,300 criminal arrests, with more than 29,100 felony charges reported. In the fight against fentanyl, Texas law enforcement has seized over 422 million lethal doses of fentanyl during this border mission."

Additionally, Texas has bused more than 27,260 migrants to Democrat-led sanctuary cities across the U.S., with most of the migrants going to Washington, D.C., and New York City.

Abbott said the operation "continues to fill the dangerous gaps created by the Biden Administration's refusal to secure the border."

The announcement about the operation's achievements comes as the Justice Department plans to sue Texas over the state's use of a floating barrier to stop illegal migration across the Rio Grande River, which separates Texas from Mexico. Abbott has fired back against the federal government, stating that his state has the authority to defend its border. 

Madeleine Hubbard is an international correspondent for Just the News. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram.

The Facts Inside Our Reporter's Notebook

Just the News Spotlight