Police in Desperate Search For Semi-Tanker Smuggling 80 People, Some Believed Dead
San Antonio, TX – Authorities in Texas are desperately searching for a white semi-tanker believed to be smuggling as many as 80 people.
The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) recently released a 9-1-1 call from a person claiming to be trapped in a semi-tanker, along with as many as 80 others.
The person told authorities multiple people were already deceased inside.
A portion of that call has been translated from Spanish into English and is below.
Operator: “Do you see anything?”
Caller: “No, no we can’t see anything, God, we don’t have oxygen.”
Dispatcher: “You are next to the highway?”
Caller: “Yes, I hear the cars.”
Caller: “A tanker. A white tanker.”
Caller: “Yes. We are like 80 people.”
Dispatcher: “Do you remember who was driving?”
Caller: “No we don’t know who. Help!”
Dispatcher: “Do you have another cell phone?”
Caller: “Help! Holy be God, help!”
Operator: “Where did you start this trip? … I lost him.”
Video surveillance on Interstate 35 near Fischer Road captured the suspected semi-tanker on Monday night around 11:20 p.m.
WATCH video below as reported by KAAB.
Authorities are also on the look out for dead bodies possibly being dumped by the smugglers.
“I bet a lot of money that if the smugglers do encounter somebody in the back of that trailer that is very, very ill as a result of the conditions they were exposed to or even dead, they’re not going to do the right thing,” Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said. “They’re going to dump a body or they’re going to abandon somebody at a hospital maybe. They’re certainly not going to do the right thing, and so we’re letting our deputies know to be on the lookout for anything.”
The big rig was believe to be traveling to San Antonio.
BCSO, Department of Homeland Security, state Department of Public Safety and San Antonio Police Department are all asking anyone with information to come forward.
Tips can be called into the Department of Homeland Security’s anonymous tip line at (866) 347-2423.
They can also be called into the San Antonio Police Department or BCSO.
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