Driver Arrested With 149 People Found in Truck
An American truck driver has been arrested and charged after U.S. border agents discovered 149 people in the back of a truck he was driving.
LAREDO, TEXAS— "An American truck driver has been arrested and charged 149 people were discovered in the back of an 18-wheeler truck he was driving, according to a statement released on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency's website."
"The truck, heading towards San Antonio, was picked up on April 16 at a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint on Interstate 35, to the north of Laredo, Texas."
"After the driver allowed border patrol agents to scan the vehicle, revealing some 'anomalies,' further inspection revealed the 149 immigrants inside the sealed cargo area of the vehicle. None were wearing PPE."
"The U.S. Border Protection Agency said the immigrants had arrived in the United States illegally from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Venezuela, El Salvador, Peru and Ecuador."
"The driver admitted to sitting inside the cab of the truck and watching people being loaded into the trailer he was hauling, according to court documents seen by the LMT."
"Having admitted to two driving approximately two trailers full of people prior to this one, and being paid between $25,000 and $30,000 for each, the driver said he was due to be paid for this journey when he arrived in San Antonio."
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