Man arrested after 23 immigrants found in semi near El Paso

AP News
Posted: Aug 18, 2017 7:05 PM

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Federal officials say a man has been arrested on a charge of transporting people who are illegally in the U.S. after 23 people were found in the semitrailer he was driving on Interstate 10 near El Paso.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says 44-year-old Comothial Harper, a U.S. citizen from Bainbridge, Georgia, was arrested Wednesday. He remained in jail Friday. Jail records don't list an attorney.

Officials say the three Guatemalans and 20 Mexicans appeared to be in good health.

On Monday, agents found 20 immigrants hidden in a semitrailer at a Border Patrol checkpoint near El Paso.

Three weeks ago, 10 people died after being found in a sweltering rig parked at a Walmart in San Antonio. Authorities say the semi was bringing 39 people into the country.