SAN ANTONIO (CBSDFW.COM) — Officials are investigating a possible case of human smuggling after dozens of people were found near an abandoned tractor trailer just outside San Antonio.
It was after 2:00 a.m. when police received calls about a suspicious trailer with loud banging coming from inside. When officers arrived at the scene, on the southwest side of the city, they found the trailer empty and requested helicopter assistance. From the air dozens of people, believed to be undocumented migrants, were found hiding in nearby brush.READ MORE: Family Battles Scarborough Renaissance Festival And Texas Law Over Sexual Assault On Fairgrounds
Initially, police said nine women and about 20 men were being detained but later said some 40 people were in custody — their ages ranged from 17 to 32-years-old. Crews said medically the group was only suffering from dehydration and fatigue.READ MORE: Teen Jeremiah Tabb Arrested While In Summer School In Connection To Downtown Austin Shooting
In all, officials believe there may have been between 60 to 80 people inside the air conditioned truck that traveled in from Laredo. The search for others who fled continued in the area along Quesenberry Road Friday afternoon.
Police believe the group had been inside the back of the tractor-trailer for about 4 hours. The driver of the big rig has not been located.MORE NEWS: Heated Debate Over Leadership Positions During New Dallas Council's First Meeting
The Department of Homeland Security is taking over the investigation.