39 migrants were discovered inside of sealed wooden crates during a truck inspection earlier this month.
The migrants were found inside of a semi truck at the Freer checkpoint in Texas on November 17th.
According to LMT Online, truck driver Andy Lamont Entrekin arrived at the checkpoint at around 2:15 a.m. hauling a flatbed trailer with wooden crates strapped to it. Entrekin told agents he was heading to Houston, but a K-9 unit quickly alerted to the potential presence of contraband on the trailer, so he was referred to secondary inspection.
Agents then inspected the truck and trailer only to discover that 39 people were hiding inside of the sealed wooden crates. Once opened, one of the migrants was able to escape agents and run into the nearby brush, where they could not be located. The remaining 38 migrants were determined to be people crossing the border illegally.
Two of the migrants were held as witnesses and told agents that smugglers had loaded them into the wooden crates. Entrekin has since been charged with transport, attempt to transport and conspire to transport the migrants.