Human Smugglers In Custody After Migrants Found Dead

Human Smugglers In Custody After Migrants Found Dead

Human Smugglers Arrested After One Of The Worst Incidents On Record

( – Police in San Antonio, Texas recently discovered a semi-trailer full of undocumented individuals. Authorities believe someone was attempting to smuggle them into the country and abandoned them, leaving the group for dead without air conditioning or water in the brutal Texas heat. Since the discovery, police have arrested four people in connection with the deadliest smuggling incident in the US.

Originally, the death toll was only 46 people, but that soon grew to 53 after several people later died due to heat-related issues. Emergency personnel took another 16 people to medical facilities to treat them for dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. According to ABC News, all the survivors, 12 adults and 4 children, “were hot to the touch.” As of now, authorities have not reported any child deaths.

The report mentions that police have arrested four men they believe were involved in the deadliest smuggling attempt in American history. The alleged truck driver, 45-year-old Homero Zamorano Jr., reportedly tried to tell authorities he was one of the migrants. Police have charged him with one count of alien smuggling leading to death. Authorities later discovered Zamorano was in contact with 28-year-old Christian Martinez about the smuggling operation. Both face life in prison and potentially the death penalty.

The other two men police arrested, Juan Francisco D’Luna-Bilbao and Juan Claudio D’Luna-Mendez, both undocumented individuals, face charges for being unauthorized migrants possessing several weapons. Both men could spend up to 10 years in prison and pay fines from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

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