SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A South Texas man has been charged with human smuggling after 54 immigrants, including some children, were found in a semitrailer in San Antonio.
Officials said Wednesday the federal charges were filed against 36-year-old Gerardo Javier Carreon (kah-reh-YOHN') of Laredo, Texas.
Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent in Charge Shane Folden said at a news conference that the immigrants were from Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Brazil. All have been detained, with five receiving hospital treatment for minor injuries incurred while trying to flee the truck and agents.
The truck filled with men, women and children was discovered in San Antonio about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. City fire chief Charles Hood says the truck was air-conditioned and water was provided inside the trailer for the immigrants.
Dozens of people, including some children, were discovered in a tractor-trailer in San Antonio.
KSAT-TV reports that authorities from several agencies were called to a North Side neighborhood around 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday and found 55 people suspected of entering the country illegally in and around a tractor-trailer.
Homeland Security Investigations spokeswoman Nina Pruneda confirmed that the agency is investigating.
San Antonio Fire Department chief Charles Hood says all the people appeared to be in good health.
Hood said, "This truck was air-conditioned, thank God. This truck had water. So they were hydrated."
Hood says five individuals were treated for minor injuries. They were transported to a hospital.
Except for the five injured, all of the trailer's occupants were taken to a detention center after they were searched.