A 37-year-old Mexican truck driver was arrested and charged with felony human smuggling violations in a federal complaint after a shocking discovery. He had smuggled illegals in his truck who were taken into U.S. Border Patrol custody and will be processed for immigration violations.
U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested the truck driver for human smuggling after they found 33 illegal aliens in his scorching hot truck at an immigration checkpoint.
Nogales border agents referred the driver of a 2002 Freightliner tractor and refrigerated trailer to the secondary inspection area for further immigration-related questioning.
They searched the trailer filled with produce from Mexico where they discovered 33 foreign nationals from Mexico and El Salvador hiding inside.
The group inside the trailer included 12 juveniles, a pregnant female, and a convicted felon.
THE WHITE HOUSE TWEETED OUT ABOUT THE ARREST:
Last night, 12 children, a pregnant woman, a convicted felon, & 19 illegal aliens were found locked in a produce truck at a checkpoint. The driver, charged with human smuggling, kept the refrigeration off, so they were trapped inside where it was over 97 degrees with no way out. pic.twitter.com/6WpZm8JcCJ
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) July 3, 2019
This story could have ended in tragedy because the truck driver didn’t have the refrigeration turned on ! The trailer was as hot as 100 degrees with the 33 people locked inside with no way to get out.
The border patrol deals with this type of smuggling all the time.
The smugglers are busted when the x-ray is taken of the inside of the truck and all you see are bodies.
It’s nothing new to the CBP. A case in 2017:
“These criminal organizations view these individuals as mere commodities without regard for their safety. The blatant disregard for human life will not be tolerated. We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to disrupt and dismantle these organizations and prosecute those responsible,” said Laredo Sector Assistant Chief Patrol Agent Gabriel Acosta.