Than Three dozen people were rescued Thursday from a large rickshaw parked near San Antonio, according to federal prosecutors in Texas.
Aaron Bernard Griffin, 49, faces a federal human trafficking charge after finding and detaining 41 undocumented non-citizens. Announced by the Western District of Texas.
According to officials, Griffin called 911 to report individuals to the back of a tractor trailer that he was driving. The truck was located east of Interstate 10 in San Antonio.
A San Antonio Park police officer began a traffic stop. When the officer approached the car, several people ran out, according to A.P.
San Antonio Police Lt. Jesse Salem told reporters Thursday that a San Antonio Park police officer began a traffic stop. Associated Press. As the officer approached the truck, several people ran behind.
At the time, authorities said they were in contact with 29 people who escaped from the truck.
According to A local CBS affiliate, Both men and women were arrested.
A total of about 80 to 100 people fled the truck, According to KSAT.
A spokesman for the San Antonio Fire Department said a dehydrated person was taken to hospital as a precaution.
Griffin agreed to take another man to Laredo and take him to San Antonio for financial gain, prosecutors said.
He has been charged with a criminal offense of kidnapping undocumented immigrants, prosecutors said. He faces up to ten years in prison if convicted.
The San Antonio Police Department previously told The Hill that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) unit is conducting an investigation.
Updated at 5:27 p.m.