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These four are arrested and charged in connection with the death of 53 migrants in a trailer in San Antonio

San Antonio- The driver of the trailer where 64 immigrants were found locked up in San Antonio, Homero Zamorano Jr.The 45-year-old was arrested on criminal charges related to his alleged involvement in the tragedy in which 53 people have died so far, 40 of the victims are men and 13 are women.

Christian Martinez, Juan Claudio D’Luna-Mendez and Juan Francisco D’Luna-BilbaoAction is also being taken.

According to court documents, on June 27, 2022, the Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) used a 6:20 p.m. hotline call for immigrant smuggling attached to a tractor-trailer on San Antonio State Highway 35, 235 kilometers from the border with Mexico. responded to. 64 people are suspected of having entered the US illegally.

San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) officers informed HSI agents that they rushed to the tractor trailer’s location in southwest San Antonio after receiving it. 911 call from concerned citizens.

At the scene, SAPD officers discovered several people, some still inside the tractor trailer, Others on the ground and in nearby brush, Many of them dead and some disabled.

The victims had no water, air conditioning or ventilation and the temperature exceeded 100 degrees. As per reports, they were covered with a meat tenderizer seasoning to hide its smell And confuse the K-9 dogs used at the border who are trained to watch for humans in trailers at Border Patrol checkpoints.

Driver Homero Zamorano was hiding in the underground

SAPD officers escorted to the location where the driver was, later identified Zamorano, who was seen hiding in the brush after trying to escape. Zamorano was detained by SAPD agents.

Laredo Sector Border Patrol provided to HSI agents Surveillance footage of a tractor trailer crossing the 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.

Zamorano, Those who began their march in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas and proceeded along the overlapping plates to San Antonio, Texas, passed two immigration security filters, which could not locate the unspecified. For that reason, Governor Greg Abbott announced this Wednesday that he would set up truck checkpoints on Texas highways.

The trailer is red Volvo brand, model 1995, with the company’s overlapping plates. Betancourt Trucking and Harvesting, Registered in Alamo Texas. The owners of the said company have indicated that the truck does not belong to them and their plates, logo and license were cloned.

The HSI confirmed that 48 people had died at the scene. on their behalf 22 were Mexican citizensSeven Guatemalan nationals, two Honduran nationals and 17 are suspected to be of unknown origin but unspecified non-citizens (UNC).

The unspecified position of the deceased persons was traced through the use of mobile fingerprint device. Sixteen of the 64 undocumented immigrants were taken to local hospitals for medical evaluation. Five died in the hospital.

Zamorano has been charged with a criminal complaint with one count of foreign smuggling that resulted in death. He is originally from Brownsville, but lives in Pasadena, TX. on being found guilty, Zamorano faces life imprisonment or possibly the death penalty. “A federal district court judge will determine any sentencing after considering US sentencing guidelines and other legal factors,” the Justice Department said.

The Other Three Accused of the San Antonio Tragedy

is one of the people charged by the criminal complaint Christian Martinez, 28 years old, who was arrested on June 28, 2022 in Palestine, Texas. He has been charged with a conspiracy to transport illegal immigrants resulting in death.

According to court documents, a search warrant was executed on a Zamorano cell phone. On investigation it was found that The communications between Zamorano and Martinez were On the trafficking of these immigrants, the Justice Department confirmed.

on being found guilty, Martinez faces life in prison or could face the death penalty. Martinez had an early appearance at Tyler today. You will be taken to San Antonio to continue the procedures.

In addition to the arrests of Zamorano and Martinez, Juan Claudio D’Luna-Mendez, 23, and Juan Francisco D’Luna-Bilbao, 48Both Mexicans were arrested and initially produced on June 27.

A search of a tractor-trailer used in an attempted foreign smuggling led to a San Antonio residence, according to court documents. SAPD officers put surveillance at the residence and They saw two people going in different trucks.

The driver after the traffic of both the trucks stopped They were identified as D’Luna-Mendez and D’Luna-Bilbao.

D’Luna-Bilboa had a pistol found in the center console of the pickup truck he was driving. Search warrant was issued at the residence Additional firearms were found.

It was found that both the subjects were illegal in the US and the U.S. was charged by criminal complaint with one count of illegal possession of arms by a foreigner, if convicted, Both defendants face up to 10 years in prison.

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