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Nearly 40 undocumented immigrants being smuggled through South Texas have been intercepted in Frio County, although only two dozen have been remanded into custody.
Investigators believe the immigrants were being transported in freight trucks.
Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the IH-35 east-side access road shortly after 2 p.m. Thursday, September 21, after being notified of a freight truck that had stalled near Milemarker 111 due to a punctured fuel tank.
A witness told responding deputies that a red commercial motor vehicle was towing a black 18-wheeler when the freight truck abruptly became detached. The witness also reported having seen as many as 21 individuals climbing out of the red truck and into a white freighter that had been following their vehicle.
The report on the case indicates that an additional 18 travelers climbed out of the black truck and that 15 of them absconded into the roadside brush. The remaining three crossed the interstate and made their way towards Hwy 57, according to the sheriff’s office.
Deputies are reporting that all of the passengers in the freight truck are believed to have been undocumented immigrants.
Border patrol agents and deputies discovered 12 cellphones during a search of the area and were able to capture 24 of the undocumented immigrants.
The emergency dispatch office has confirmed that the Houston Police Department had listed the red freight truck as a stolen vehicle.