Driver of a truck in which 53 migrants died of suffocation due to heat Texas According to court documents, he was not aware that the air conditioner had stopped working.
homer zamoranoThe 45-year-old was found hiding near the truck on Monday, officials said. He is one of the four accused.
Zamorano and the alleged conspirators Christian MartinezThe 28-year-old is accused of texting each other before and after the vehicle was found.
The San Antonio incident is the deadliest case of human trafficking in recent US history.
Several children found in the truck are still being treated at the hospital. The victims were from Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.
Mexican officials explained that Zamorano, who was found hiding in the bushes, initially tried to pose as one of the survivors.
But he was eventually arrested when surveillance photos showed him driving a truck past the US Border Patrol checkpoint in Laredo, Texas.
According to federal court documents, a confidential government informant who works for Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Texas Police told officers that Zamorano and Martinez After the death was reported.
Martinez reportedly said: “The driver didn’t know the air conditioning unit had stopped working and that’s why people died.”
Documents say the informer and Martinez were several meters away when the conversation took place.
confront the two suspects death penalty if they are found guilty of the charges smuggling and conspiracy.
Two others accused of being involved, Juan Claudio D’Luna-Mendez and Francisco D’Luna-Bilbao, has been charged with possession of firearms and illegally living in the United States. They are both Mexican citizens.
The victims included 27 Mexicans, 14 Hondurans, seven Guatemalans and two Salvadorans.
However, Mexican officials say a total of 67 migrants were inside the truck, while prosecutors in San Antonio put the number at 64.
On Friday, the Bexar County medical examiner’s office said it had “conclusively identified” six of the 53 victims in Monday’s incident.
In addition, 42 “probable identities” have been made. Five have not been identified.
Also on Friday, the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office launched an investigation. apparently left 18 wheel which was found in a residential area a few miles north of where the first vehicle was found.
Near 13 Overseas They were found in the most recent truck, officials told CBS News.
“Initially, it appears no one has been seriously injured, and more details will be released as they become available,” the sheriff’s office posted on Facebook.
large scale industry
Human trafficking is a major industry along the US-Mexico border.
In May, a record 239,000 undocumented immigrants were detained while crossing into the country from Mexico.
Such mass deaths have been detected on several occasions around the world in recent times. Among the worst cases are:
- Austria, 27 of august 2015: An abandoned truck with a Hungarian license plate was found containing the bodies of 71 Iraqi, Syrian and Afghan migrants. Three years later, four men were sentenced to 25 years in prison in Hungary in connection with the death.
- liberalizationIa, 20 february 2017Dozens of African migrants were found trapped in a shipping container, including 13 who died of suffocation.
- United Kingdom23 october 2019A total of 39 Vietnamese immigrants were found dead in a truck trailer in Essex. Four people were jailed for his murder in January 2021
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