ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Border Patrol agents working in New Mexico discovered 17 migrants in a “sweltering” U-Haul truck Monday on N.M. 9 near Deming.
Agents spotted the truck after following a set of footprints from the border up to the highway where a U-Haul truck had been spotted headed west in the remote location. Agents stopped the vehicle and with the help of a canine unit found the 17 people in the back of the truck. All were adult men, according to officials.
“Border Patrol agents noted that the only ventilation in the sweltering cargo area for all 17 illegal aliens was a 2-inch opening at the rear door,” the Border Patrol said in a statement.
The migrants and driver were taken to the Deming Border Patrol station for processing. The driver is a U.S. citizen and remains in custody, pending charges for “alien smuggling.”