Sheriff defends Texas seven generations after his ancestors fought for independence

By Bethany Blankley
The central square

A sheriff whose ancestors fought and died during the American Revolution and the Texas Revolution continues the fight for freedom in Goliad, Texas, this time against criminal cartels involved in a massive human and drug trafficking operation. drugs, he said.

Goliad County Sheriff Roy Boyd, a seventh-generation Texan who was elected in November 2020 after a more than 20-year career in law enforcement, is leading a multi-county task force to thwart what he says he is a massive criminal network operating along Highway 59. The network runs from Mexico through Laredo to the Traffic Distribution Center in Houston.

After Biden administration policies ushered in cartel activity across the southern border, Boyd said, Goliad found himself in the middle of a hundreds of millions of dollars in human trafficking operation by month.

Roughly 850 square miles, the rural county’s winding roads are interrupted only by two stop lights. Its population is 7,400, and Boyd and several law enforcement officers work to protect them from cartel activity in their community.

The border crisis is not about illegal immigration, Boyd argues, but rather the lucrative business of human trafficking. Most of those who enter ports of entry illegally do so by paying cartel agents who orchestrate their crossing, the sheriff said. Once in the United States, they owe cartels thousands of dollars and work as indentured servants, Boyd said.

Those who enter illegally between ports of entry, intentionally evading law enforcement and committing numerous crimes along the way, are the ones Boyd and his task force are looking for, he said. They steal cars, break into homes, commit sex crimes and other violent crimes, and traffic large groups of people and unprecedented amounts of drugs, he said. Many are armed and dangerous, the sheriff added.

Goliad is right in the middle of their route: a 2.5 hour drive from Mexico and a 2.5 hour drive from Houston, the largest city closest to the border and the cartel’s main destination in Texas.

Initially, Boyd had only two deputies. But thanks to Governor Greg Abbott’s Operation Lone Star, he has been able to hire more and is leading a strike force to thwart criminal activity. “Governor. Abbott threw us a lifeline,” he said. “Before Operation Lone Star, we were drowning.”

Goliad County was among the first to declare a state of disaster last year in response to increased criminal activity perpetuated by what it says are the policies of the Biden administration. The county was among the first to declare an invasion on the southern border – on July 5, 2022.

Goliad is at the center of the fight against the cartel’s human trafficking operation after its inhabitants fought the Mexican army on October 9, 1835, a week after those of Gonzalez, on October 2, 1835. These are the first two skirmishes that sparked the Texas Revolution. In the March 1836 Goliad Massacre, nearly 350 Texans, many led by Colonel James Fannin, were killed by Mexican troops, including five of Boyd’s ancestors.

Even though Texans would gain independence on April 21, 1836, they would fight another war on its border and win in 1848. Now, 174 years later, Boyd says Texans are fighting a new enemy from northern Mexico, the criminal organizations transnational. which Abbott has designated as terrorist organizations. Since January 2021, cartels have attempted to smuggle in enough fentanyl to kill 5 billion people, according to federal data, which U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents have confiscated and which they say represents only a fraction of the drug that spills out.

Boyd says he will do whatever he can to fight the cartel’s murderous actions.

“If you break the law in Goliad County, you will go to jail,” he said.

While on a drive, Boyd showed The Center Square a hideout hidden deep in the woods near a county road. No one would know he was there if his team wasn’t looking for him, he said. So far, they have found 16.

Hideouts are used by traffickers to hide and illegally detain people. The house seen by The Center Square was full of trash and clothes, had no water or electricity, and was structurally in poor condition.

Finding criminals and defending freedom is what Boyd’s ancestors did, according to historical accounts. Boyd’s sixth great-grandfather was married to Colonel Jim Bowie’s aunt, who fought and died at the Alamo. Gideon Lincecum was “raised in the school of rebellion and graduated on various battlefields during the American Revolution”, according to one of his biographies. He died fighting for freedom during the War of Independence.

Boyd’s fourth great-grandfather, Dr. Gideon Lincecum, a War of 1812 veteran, is buried in Founders Row at Texas State Cemetery in Austin. His extensive writings on Texas fill 13 slots and take up more than four feet of storage space at the Eugene C. Barker Texas History Center at the University of Texas.

His great-great-grandfather was a Texas Ranger who fought in skirmishes on the Texas-Mexico border in 1915. He was also a physician who opened Wharton County’s first hospital and mayor of El Campo. Other family members founded Caldwell County.

Boyd told The Center Square, “As Texans, we don’t conduct ourselves out of a desire for attention or recognition. The Bible warns us against such selfishness. … It is our duty to preserve the legacy for which our ancestors fought and died so that our children and their children may continue to be blessed as their ancestors were to live in a free and independent.

Of his efforts to thwart criminal activity stemming from the border crisis, he said, “Our task is demanding. We are simultaneously fighting against foreign invasion and elements of our own government, but we must persevere. It is a tireless and often misunderstood mission that we have assumed. But who wants to be known as the generation that lost our once great nation to the evils of those who work to rob free people of their birthright?

“My family did not fight and die in the American and Texas revolutions for nothing. They believed in the right to independence and the importance of the individual. United Sovereigns, the Republic of Texas and the State of Texas. Now we find ourselves once again in difficult times. Oppression is knocking at our door. It is our turn to rise up and do what is right. Either we will be victorious for our efforts or future generations will suffer from our failure.

Boyd says his team is on track to make 500 arrests this year, up from 77 in previous years.

Potential criminals are warned by a sign at an entrance to the county. Translated from Spanish, it reads: “ATTENTION!!! The drug and human traffickers are turning around. Do not enter Goliad County or we will hunt you down and throw you in jail.

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