Troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety arrested two human smugglers in two separate incidents this month as part of Operation Lone Star.
In the first incident, a pickup truck led a DPS trooper on a high-speed chase following an attempted traffic stop in Val Verde County for speeding on US-277 last Sunday.
The driver then crashed into a ranch fence and continued driving down a dirt road before getting out of the truck and hiding in the brush. The driver and 13 migrants in the country illegally were taken into custody with the help of a U.S. Border Patrol K-9.
The passengers were identified as Mexican nationals in the country illegally. The driver, identified as Eduardo Rodriguez Velasquez, was attempting to smuggle a total of 13 migrants into the country, DPS said.