Authorities in Mexico earlier this week discovered about 150 people stuffed into a single semitractor-trailer just two months after 53 people died in a similar situation in Texas, according to U.S. Border Patrol.
Border Patrol released a photo on Wednesday showing dozens of people sitting in cramped conditions in a trailer.
"Coordinated efforts of Del Rio Sector & the Government of Mexico an 18-Wheeler carrying 150 migrants traveling towards the U.S. was successfully interdicted," Border Patrol Chief Patrol Agent Jason D. Owens said on Twitter. "This has proven to be a deadly tactic that smugglers use. Luckily no one in this large group needed medical assistance."
In June, authorities discovered a truck in San Antonio carrying dozens of people without air conditioning or water.
"64 people were in a tractor-trailer without air conditioning for hours, and 53 of those individuals have died," Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Spears said during a hearing in federal court last month.
U.S Magistrate Judge Henry Bemporad said during the hearing: "This is an extremely serious case. It's a serious case because many people died, but it's a serious case whether or not people had died. Transporting people in bulk in tractor-trailers is about as dangerous an offense as we see in terms of the danger to life."
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