said they found a tractor-trailer rig containing as many as 100
illegal immigrants July 31 after a witness reported screams coming
from the trailer, AP reported. Police went to a truckstop at 1
a.m. Wednesday and found the immigrants, many of whom scattered
after being released from the trailer.
Antonio Deleza, 48, of Laredo, was charged with driving without
a license or insurance. Deleza also was being held by the INS
on charges related to alleged smuggling, police said.The discovery
came days after a tractor-trailer loaded with illegal Mexican
immigrants, including two who died, was found near Dallas. The
rig's two drivers were charged with murder and federal human trafficking.
people were in custody Wednesday. Two were sent to the hospital
for treatment of dehydration, said Immigration and Naturalization
Service spokesman Denton Lankford. ``Some of the people had been
in the trailer for as long as 12 hours,'' he said. ``They had
cut themselves and their hands trying to get out.''