More … than three dozen people were picked up Thursday from a large platform that was arrested near San Antonio, according to federal prosecutors in Texas.
Aron Bernard Griffin, 49, faces a federal human trafficking charge after 41 undocumented non-citizens were found and detained by federal agents, West Texas District prosecutors said.
Authorities said several people called 911 to report people in the back of a tractor-trailer truck Griffin was driving. The truck was on Interstate 10 East in San Antonio.
A San Antonio park police officer initiated a traffic stop. As the officer approached the car, several people fled, according to AP.
San Antonio Police Lt. Jesse Salame told reporters on Thursday that a San Antonio park officer had initiated a traffic stop, according to the Associated Press. As the officer approached the truck, several people ran from behind.
At the time, authorities said they made contact with 29 people who fled the truck, according to AP.
According to a local subsidiary of CBS, men and women were arrested.
About 80 to 100 people fled the truck in total, according to KSAT.
A spokesperson for the San Antonio fire department told the affiliate that a dehydrated person was taken to hospital as a precaution.
Griffin admitted he made a deal with someone else to pick them up in Laredo and transport them to San Antonio for financial gain, prosecutors said.
He is accused by a criminal complaint of a count of smuggling undocumented immigrants, prosecutors said. He faces up to ten years in prison if convicted.
The San Antonio Police Department previously told The Hill that the Homeland Security Investigation Division (HSI) of Immigration and Customs (ICE) is taking over the investigation.
Updated at 5:27 p.m.