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LAW ENFORCEMENT NEWS
The Frio County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that its deputies have increased their patrols on outlying farm-to-market roads in a heightened effort to intercept smugglers’ criminal attempts at transporting undocumented immigrants through the region.
The report was highlighted over the weekend by a case in which deputies positioned near the intersection of FM 472 and FM 140 on Saturday, November 19, spotted a silver F-250 traveling at speeds over 100 miles per hour.
The suspect vehicle, officers said, was able to outpace law enforcement.
The driver steered north onto CR 2601 before turning westbound on CR 2500 and entering private property through a previously damaged fence line, according to the report.
Deputies noted that the ranch fencing still bore yellow police tape from a bailout that had occurred just days before. High fencing and four fenceposts had been damaged, they said.
A search of the property revealed that the driver was able to exit the property on the east side along FM 472 after cutting a gate lock.
“The callous nature of these people smuggling illegal immigrants for monetary gain is inhumane,” Lt. Joshua Longoria said this week. “They have no regard for the safety of the immigrants, law enforcement or innocent bystanders.”