A 38-year-old Texas man is facing dozens of charges after officials say they captured him trying to smuggle 84 illegal immigrants across the U.S. border in the cargo area of a dump truck.
Robert Flores Jr., of Poteet, was taken into custody Tuesday morning following a commercial motor vehicle inspection along Interstate Highway 35 in Cotulla, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
“Through further investigation, Flores traveled through a private ranch road circumventing the United States Border Patrol checkpoint in Webb County,” the Texas DPS said in a statement.
“During the stop, numerous individuals absconded from the truck’s cargo area into the brush,” the statement added. “The trooper discovered 84 illegal immigrants concealed inside the cargo area.”
TEXAS AUTHORITIES BUST DRIVER CARRYING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS ACROSS US BORDER
Flores Jr. has since been charged with 84 counts of smuggling of persons.
The migrants in the truck were from Guatemala and Mexico and have been turned over to the U.S. Border Patrol, the Texas DPS says.
Images from the scene show dozens of migrants, all young males, climbing out of the back of the dump truck following the stop.
Fox News’ Anders Hagstrom contributed to this report.