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Border Patrol agents stop truck with 17 migrants inside

July 24, 2019 GMT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Border Patrol says agents found 17 migrants in the back of a rental truck near New Mexico’s southern border.

The Albuquerque Journal reports the migrants and driver were taken to the Deming Border Patrol station after agents stopped the U-Haul truck Monday on state Route 9.

Border Patrol says in a statement that agents followed footprints from the border to the highway where the truck was sighted in the remote area near Deming.

Border Patrol says the truck’s cargo area was “sweltering” and its only ventilation was from a 2-inch (5-centimeter) opening.

Officials say the driver remains in custody on suspicion of smuggling. Authorities have not released the name of the driver, who is a U.S. citizen.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com