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DPS announces tips program on human stash houses

Up to $2,500 reward offered for information

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AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas Department of Public Safety has announced a tips program for the public to report stash houses used for human smuggling or drug trafficking.

Gov. Rick Perry says the Texas Stash House Rewards Program is another way for Texans to help stop crimes in their neighborhoods.

The program announced Thursday in Austin is funded by the Governor's Criminal Justice Division.

DPS says the effort, which includes Texas Crime Stoppers, lets people anonymously report on stash houses.

Crime Stoppers will pay rewards up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification of stash houses used in transnational crimes.

To be eligible for the cash rewards, anyone with information on stash houses can provide anonymous tips in four different ways: