WATCH: Dozens of People Being Smuggled Pour Out of Big Rig at Texas Truck Stop
San Antonio, TX – Newly released video reveals what happened at a Texas truck stop this week when as many as 100 people being smuggled poured out of the back of a big rig.
The incident occurred on Thursday evening after a 9-1-1 caller alerted authorities he could see someone waiving from the back of a semi-trailer on Interstate 10 near Foster Road.
An officer with the San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) quickly initiated a stop and directed the trucker, now identified as Aron Bernard Griffin, 49, of Dallas, TX, to pull into the TravelCenters of America (TA) located at 6170 I-10 East in San Antonio (at exit 583, Foster Road).
Dash cam video obtained by local outlet Fox 29 shows what happened next.
WATCH it below.
After bringing the big rig to a stop, Griffin, seen in blue, exits the truck and hurriedly runs to the back of the trailer to open the doors.
When he does, dozens of people begin pouring out.
Some make a run for it while others, presumably exhausted from the heat and the journey, bail out and immediately collapse on the pavement.
Griffin first kneels and then lies face down.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Griffin has now been charged with one count of smuggling undocumented immigrants.
In a release, the DOJ said Griffin admitted “he had made an agreement with another person to pick up the undocumented individuals in Laredo and transport them to San Antonio in return for financial gain.”
If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.
At last check, Homeland Security has 41 people in custody from this incident, but SAPD estimated as many as 100 people were involved.
Those in custody are from Honduras, Venezuela and Mexico, and will be witnesses in the case against Griffin, authorities said.
One person was transported to a nearby hospital and treated for dehydration, but no life-threatening injuries were reported.
TransportationNation.com will continue to follow this case.