Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that the Law Enforcement Division of his office received a special award from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) for partnering with its “E” Division Major Crime Unit on an investigation to stop the sex trafficking of underage girls from Canada to the United States. Director David Maxwell, Sergeant America Bonnet and Lieutenant Lannie Hilboldt of the attorney general’s Criminal Investigations Division were recognized during receipt of the award.
Known as “Project E-Bountiful,” the collaborative law enforcement effort focused on the illegal sex trafficking activities of members of the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints and their now imprisoned leader, Warren Jeffs. Investigators from Attorney General Paxton’s office seized key evidence from Jeffs’ YFZ Ranch, near Eldorado, Texas, which was crucial in subsequent successful prosecutions in Canada.
RCMP Chief Superintendent Trent Rolfe, who led the operation, conveyed his appreciation to Attorney General Paxton’s Law Enforcement Division for its “exemplary work ethic and dedication to duty . . . in keeping with the highest standards and tradition of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.”
“We’re honored that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police asked for our Law Enforcement Division’s help on the investigation, and that we were able to play a role in bringing to justice the despicable individuals who were involved in the sex trafficking of innocent and vulnerable victims,” Attorney General Paxton said. “This award is well deserved. Texas is a safer and better place because of the hard work the men and women of our Law Enforcement Division perform every day without any expectation of recognition.”
Established in 1920, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is the Canadian national police service and an agency of the Ministry of Public Safety Canada. It fights terrorism, organized crime, illicit drugs and offenses that threaten the integrity of Canada’s national borders.