(Nation World News) — Four people have been arrested and charged after a Homeland Security investigation agent called the deadliest human trafficking incident in US history killing 53 people.
Homero Zamorano Jr., 45, of Brownsville but a resident of Pasadena, Texas, was arrested on criminal charges related to his alleged involvement in human trafficking, according to a US Justice Department press release. , Zamorano Jr. has an extensive criminal history dating back to the 1990s, public records show.
“On the spot, the agent of [Departamento de Policia de San Antonio] SAPD discovered several individuals, some still inside the tractor trailer, some on the ground and in nearby brush, many dead and some disabled, the statement said. Gaya, later identified as Zamorano, was hiding in the brush after trying to escape. Zamorano was arrested by SAPD agents.”
According to the release, the Laredo Sector Border Patrol provided Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) agents with surveillance footage, which shows the tractor-trailer passing through an immigration checkpoint. The driver can be seen wearing a black striped shirt and cap.
“HSI agents confirmed that Zamorano matched the person in the surveillance footage and was wearing the same clothes,” the statement said.
Christian Martinez, 28, who was arrested on June 28, 2022 in Palestine, Texas, has been charged with one count of conspiracy to transport undocumented immigrants, resulting in his death.
An investigation revealed that there were communications between Zamorano and Martinez about a smuggling incident, according to the release.
They also charged and arrested Juan Claudio d’Luna-Mendez, 23, and Juan Francisco d’Luna-Bilbao, 48. “Both Mexican nationals were arrested on June 27, 2022 and initially produced,” the US Justice Department said in a statement.
According to the release, the registration for the used tractor trailer is from a residence in San Antonio.
“SAPD agents set up surveillance at the residence and saw two men moving in separate trucks. After traffic stopped on both trucks, the drivers were identified as D’Luna-Mendez and D’Luna-Bilbao. D’Luna-Bilboa had a shotgun found in the center console of the van he was driving.”
“A search warrant was executed at the residence where the additional firearms were located. Both individuals were determined to be living in the U.S. illegally and charged with a criminal complaint with possession of a weapon by one person.” went” that he was illegally in the U.S. was in,” according to officials.
If convicted, both Zamorano and Martinez could face prison terms or the death penalty.
Nation World News has not been able to determine whether Zamorano or Martinez have an attorney. D’Luna-Mendez’s lawyer said he does not comment on pending cases. Nation World News has contacted D’Luna-Bilbao’s attorney and has not received a response.