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Human smuggling: Codi Denise Hartman facing federal charges over truckload of migrants that broke down in Jackson County Texas

GHANADO, Texas – A driver is facing federal charges after about 100 people believed to be immigrants were found in the back of a damaged 18-wheeler on Highway 59 in Jackson County last week.

About 7 p.m. On Friday, a DPS soldier spotted the tractor-trailer on the side of the road near Highway 59 and County 202 in Ganado. When he asked the driver, who later identified himself as Codi Denise Hartman, if he needed help, he allegedly said he ran out of diesel fuel.

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The soldier continued to question Hartmann, who said she was carrying energy drinks, according to court documents. By that time, the soldier said he had heard many people knocking on walls and doors, asking for help.

When the back of the truck opened, officials said about 60 to 100 migrants were dispersed, some of them heading to a nearby private ranch.

Jackson County Sheriff said he was able to talk to one of the immigrants who said they drove all night and ended up disbanding in Ganado.

The migrants in the back of the truck were not given food or water and the air conditioning unit was not working properly, causing extremely hot conditions in the truck.

Authorities say 65 people were detained, including Hartmann. Several people were taken to hospital for dehydration.

Hartmann reportedly eventually told authorities she had been offered $ 800 to make a five-hour trip “somewhere” to Houston. Investigators reportedly received messages from Hartmann to an unknown number telling the other person that they had to check people in the back of the truck to make sure they were still breathing.

Hartmann was arrested and charged with human trafficking. The 65 people found in the truck were arrested for entering the United States illegally. They were all taken to Jackson County Jail for further investigation.

The situation near Ganado is reminiscent of a similar incident that happened not too long ago 19 years ago this month, but with a historically deadly outcome.

In May 2003, 19 of the 70 undocumented immigrants found trapped in a truck trailer near Victoria, Texas, died of dehydration, overheating and suffocation in what is considered the deadliest smuggling case in U.S. history.

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