48 illegal immigrants in closed trailer at Laredo

Border Patrol agents found 48 suspected illegal immigrants in the back of a closed truck trailer at a checkpoint in Laredo.

The Laredo Morning Times reported Wednesday that a federal complaint says the driver is facing federal charges. The complaint says a secondary inspection Friday night, at the Interstate 35 checkpoint, led to the trailer's rear doors being opened and 48 people hiding inside. Their status was not
immediately available Wednesday.

The Border Patrol did not immediately return a message Wednesday from The Associated Press. The National Weather Service says nighttime temperatures in Laredo this week reached the upper 90s.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Nina Pruneda says hotter temperatures could place lives in harm's way.
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