A dump truck holding 84 illegal immigrants was pulled over by state troopers in Texas during a commercial vehicle inspection along Highway 35 in Cotulla, Texas.
The Texas Department of Public Safety (TDPS) released a statement that said, “Through further investigation, Flores traveled through a private ranch road circumventing the United States Border Patrol checkpoint in Webb County. During the stop, numerous individuals absconded from the truck’s cargo area into the brush. The trooper discovered 84 illegal immigrants concealed inside the cargo area.”
The migrants were, according to reports, all young men hiding in the cargo area of the dump truck. They were from Guatemala and Mexico and they have been turned over to the U.S. Border Patrol.
HAPPENING NOW: @TxDPS disrupted a human smuggling attempt on IH 35 in Cotulla. The driver attempted to smuggle 60+ illegal immigrants concealed inside a dump truck. Driver arrested & illegal immigrants turned over to #USBP – more details to come. #OperationLoneStar pic.twitter.com/7AbYwP2AFg
— Chris Olivarez (@LtChrisOlivarez) October 25, 2022
Robert Flores Jr., the driver of the truck, was taken into custody and charged with 84 counts of smuggling persons.
This bust comes more than a month after federal officials made an important bust of their own by arresting a ring of eight people that were running a human trafficking ring that had brought hundreds of illegals immigrants into the country while allowing the leaders of the ring to pocket more than $2 million.
“This human smuggling organization operated on an enormous scale, placing a high value on financial profit, while putting migrants’ lives at great risk,” Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Polite, Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division said in a statement.
It is important to note that this most recent bust was made by Texas state troopers and not by the CBP, the federal organization charged with patrolling the border. The sheer volume of people crossing the southern border, 2.3 million in FY2022 alone, along with the Biden Administration’s border policies have made it impossible for CBP to do their job effectively.
People are becoming more and more desperate to get to America as evidenced by what happened in June when, according to the Washington Examiner, “a tractor-trailer carrying dozens of illegal immigrants from Mexico and Central America successfully made it through the checkpoint and later parked in San Antonio. That evening, police discovered more than 50 people dead inside, having died from suffocation and heat exhaustion.
The migrants found today were luckier, but stories like this will continue until something changes on the southern border and with the U.S. border policies.