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Two indicted in connection with dozens of migrants found dead in sweltering Texas truck

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas: Two Mexican nationals were charged Tuesday (June 28) in United States federal court in connection with a deadly human smuggling attempt that killed at least 51 people after being trapped in a blistering semi-trailer truck in San Antonio, Texas. Texas.

The two Mexican defendants, who were arrested after Monday’s incident, were charged with illegal possession of firearms in the United States, according to court documents and US authorities.

The deceased migrants, 39 men and 12 women, were discovered on the outskirts of the South Texas city, where temperatures soared to 39.4 degrees Celsius, in one of the deadliest human trafficking tragedies in recent history.

Authorities on the scene found the truck parked next to the track, with bodies inside the vehicle and scattered about a few blocks, after the trailer’s back door was opened, a local law enforcement officer told Reuters on Tuesday.

Local and US authorities said there were no signs of water and no visible working air conditioning in the truck. Officials said there were “piles of bodies” and some migrants felt warm.

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