Texas State Troopers on Monday pulled over a semi-truck and discovered it was crammed with more than 105 migrants who were being smuggled into the U.S.
The incident happened on U.S. Route 59 near Laredo, a town in southern Texas near the border of Mexico and known for being a hotbed of human smuggling activity. Per Fox News’ Bill Melugin, the driver, Michael Warren McCoy, was arrested on human smuggling charges and booked into Webb County Jail.
Lt. Chris Olivarez of the Texas Department of Public Safety said the migrants being smuggled are the ones “avoiding apprehension.” “They’re being smuggled for a reason. So they avoid apprehension because they fear being deported,” Olivarez said. “Also, you may have some criminals that may be mixed in with those groups that are trying to get away as well.”
According to CBP, around 1 million illegal immigrants have been apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border since President Biden took office in January – with each month seeing higher numbers than the previous [FOX].