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Posted: Friday, July 1, 2022. 10:48 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Authorities say that the suspected truck driver that abandoned a trailer truck with migrants in Texas was on methamphetamine when police found him, Reuters report.

Officers found Homero Zamorano Jr. hiding near the abandoned truck on Monday.

The truck was abandoned amidst the sweltering heat in Texas and 53 migrants lost their lives, making it the deadliest human trafficking incident in the United States.

According to reports, temperatures in the area that day had soared as high as 103 Fahrenheit (39.4 Celsius), and authorities called to the scene found no water supplies or signs of working air-conditioning inside the trailer.

On Thursday, Zamorano appeared in court and was charged with human trafficking – if convicted, he could face a maximum sentence of life in prison or the death penalty and up to a $250,000 fine.

Authorities reportedly found the trailer’s door ajar with bodies inside that were too hot to touch.

In addition, nearby, police found other victims and some had already died.

Reports say that the migrants were from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.

Authorities also charged Christian Martinez,28, after they found a photo he sent to Zamorano with a truckload manifest.

 

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