Texas migrant truck driver Homero Zamorano was ‘high on meth’: report

The driver of the stuffy tractor-trailer where at least 51 migrants were found dead in Texas was said to have been “very high on methamphetamine” when he was arrested, authorities said.

Homero Zamorano, 45, was taken into custody in a nearby field after he allegedly abandoned the 18-wheeler with dozens of migrants hiding in the back in a desolate area of ​​San Antonio on Monday.

“He was very high on meth when he was arrested nearby and had to be taken to the hospital,” a law enforcement official told the San Antonio Express News.

Following the grim discovery of the bodies inside the truck Monday night, investigators were able to trace the vehicle’s registration to an address in San Antonio that they placed under surveillance, authorities said.

They then arrested two other men, Juan Claudio D’Luna-Mendez and Juan Francisco D’Luna-Bilbao, as they each left the residence.

The abandoned truck
At least 51 migrants have died after being trapped inside a sweltering semi-trailer truck found abandoned in San Antonio, Texas on Monday.
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Law enforcement surrounds the truck in San Antonio
The driver, Homero Zamorano, 45, was taken into custody in a nearby field after allegedly abandoning the 18-wheeler with dozens of migrants stashed in the back.
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D’Luna-Bilbao and D’Luna-Mendez were both charged with possessing firearms while illegally residing in the United States, according to the criminal complaints.

It was not immediately clear what the alleged involvement of these two men was in the smuggling tragedy or whether they would face additional charges.

The driver is also expected to be charged, but remained in hospital Tuesday night, a Mexican official said.

The death toll had risen to at least 51 – including 39 men and 12 women – by Tuesday, authorities said. Two younger sisters from Guatemala – Carla and Griselda Carac Tambriz – were also among the victims.

Authorities have identified at least 27 Mexicans, seven Guatemalans and two Hondurans so far, according to Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard and Mexican Consul Ruben Minutti-Zanatta.

The nationalities of the other victims have not yet been identified.

A vigil was held for migrants killed in San Antonio on Tuesday night
A vigil was held for dead migrants in San Antonio on Tuesday evening.
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Sisters Carla and Griselda Carac Tambriz -- from the canton of Colcajá, Nahualá, Sololá
Sisters Carla and Griselda Carac Tambriz — from the canton of Colcajá, Nahualá, Sololá in Guatemala — have been identified as victims.
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Local authorities said they were alerted to the tragedy after a city worker heard a call for help from behind the truck.

Law enforcement arrived to find the rear door of the trailer open with “piles of bodies” inside, while more were strewn nearby.

Temperatures in San Antonio peaked at 103 degrees on Monday.

First responders found 16 survivors suffering from heatstroke and exhaustion. The hospitalized survivors – including four children – were hot to the touch and dehydrated, according to first responders.

With Allie Griffin, MaryAnn Martinez and Postwires

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