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Body cam shows Texas trucker arrested for smuggling 19 people in sleeper berth


A Texas trucker was arrested this week after 19 people were discovered in the sleeper berth of his Peterbilt during a traffic stop, police say.

The traffic stop occurred on June 4, 2024, on IH-35 in Webb County, Texas.

Texas Department of Public Safety troopers stopped a Peterbilt truck and a Dodge Ram pickup that was “escorting the Peterbilt.”

The truck driver consented to a vehicle search.

During the search, “19 illegal immigrants from Mexico were discovered concealed inside the cab area, including one suffering from heat exhaustion.”

Police arrested the Peterbilt and pickup drivers on charges of smuggling of persons. They were later identified as Jackson Earl West of Tomball, Texas, and Dennis Alan Davis of Jarrell, Texas.

The 19 people found inside the sleeper berth area were handed over U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

You can see body cam video of the traffic stop below.


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