Texas man charged with smuggling immigrants in truck

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Posted: Oct 09, 2015 5:48 PM
Texas man charged with smuggling immigrants in truck

MOORE, Texas (AP) — A Texas man is being held on charges that he smuggled more than three dozen immigrants inside a sweltering 18-wheeler.

Prosecutors say the truck's suspected driver, 33-year-old Drew Christopher Potter, remained in custody Friday. A federal grand jury indicted him Wednesday on human smuggling charges.

Authorities say they discovered the 39 Central American immigrants last month locked inside a semitrailer parked at a truck stop in Moore, about 40 miles southwest of San Antonio.

Body camera video shows the immigrants' packed in the truck's rear, several gasping for air and pushing to get out as authorities opened the doors. Among those asking for help is a child.

Some were treated for dehydration, as temperatures reached the mid-90s.

If convicted, Potter, of Watauga, faces up to 10 years in prison.