As cartel violence continues, a video of cartel operatives detonating explosives during a skirmish on the southern border was captured by a Texas Department of Public Safety drone.

DPS spokesman Lieutenant Chris Olivarez posted the video on social media.

The video provides both thermal and non-thermal views of four Mexican cartel operatives launching two explosives just south of Fronton Island, near the Rio Grande.

โ€œThe Mexican Drug Cartels remain the cause of ongoing gun battles in Los Guerra, MX, as the battle over lucrative smuggling routes intensifies,โ€ said Olivarez. โ€œThis has a direct impact on border operations & the safety of residents in Fronton.โ€

Olivarez stated that Fronton Island is โ€œone of the most dangerous and cartel-influenced areas along the Texas-Mexico border.โ€

The 170-acre island is situated in the Rio Grande between Starr County and Mexico and is a hotspot for cartel trafficking.

Earlier this month, Gov. Greg Abbottย authorized DPS to regain control of the island. On October 3, Texas Rangers planted a Texas flag on Fronton Island in the Rio Grande.

Following the placement of the Texas flag in Fronton, Abbott launched Operation Flat Top, which utilizes DPS and the Texas National Guard to secure Fronton Island, with authorizationย from Texas Land Commissioner Dawn Buckingham.

According to Olivarez, cartels are ramping up their acts of violence and โ€œescalat[ing] their intimidation tacticsโ€ to regain control of the Texas island.

Abbott posted on social media that โ€œthis mission will help protect Texas from dangerous cartel activity.โ€

While the federal government has continued ignoring the issues created by an open border, the Texas State Legislature is now more than halfway through its third special legislative session. The day after the explosions were reported, lawmakers in the Texas House approved three border security measures.

Senate Bill 4 by State Sen. Pete Flores (Rโ€“Pleasanton) will increase penalties for human smuggling and operating a stash house. It establishes a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years for violations of SB 4.

House Bill 6 by State Rep. Jacey Jetton (R-Richmond) appropriates $1.5 billion in funding for constructing, operating, and maintaining border barrier infrastructure.

House Bill 4 by State Rep. David Spiller (R-Jacksboro) creates a criminal penalty for improper entry from a foreign nation.

The third special session will end on November 7.

Soli Rice

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