Law enforcement officials in Zavala County, Texas, say human smugglers are back to business as usual following a brief lull in activity on Texas roadways after the end of the Title 42 COVID-19 expulsion authority. Located a mere 30 miles from the Rio Grande border with Mexico, sheriff’s office deputies in the rural county thwarted 15 migrant smuggling cases in the last seven days.
With just a few deputies on duty to patrol a myriad of roadways leading away from the Texas-Mexico border, the smugglers are once again taxing the county’s limited resources and creating dangerous conditions on isolated two-lane roadways. Zavala County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Ricardo Rios told Breitbart Texas, “It’s back to business as usual” regarding the latest encounters in his county.
The smugglers, often using recently stolen vehicles, are leading the deputies on high-speed pursuits that usually result in significant property damage and injuries to the drivers and migrants being smuggled. Smugglers often steal vehicles from larger metropolitan areas such as San Antonio and Houston and immediately travel to the border region to transport the migrants away from the border.