Mexican drug cartel linked to San Antonio smuggling deaths

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He told them that before going to San Antonio, he had been in Laredo, Texas, getting his truck washed and detailed.

It wasn't long before the passengers, sweating profusely in the rising oven-like heat, started crying and pleading for water. One survivor said those who hadn't passed out took turns breathing from that one small opening and tried to get the driver's attention by hitting the trailer walls.

San Antonio police officers investigate the scene where eight people were found dead in a tractor-trailer loaded with at least 30 others outside a Walmart store in stifling summer heat in what police are calling a horrific human trafficking case, Sunday, July 23, 2017, in San Antonio.

"After an hour I heard ... people crying and asking for water". I, too, was sweating and people were despairing.

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Bradley was charged Monday with transporting immigrants who were in the USA illegally, resulting in 10 deaths - a charge that carries the possibility of the death penalty. "That's when I lost consciousness", survivor Adan Lara Vega told Associated Press from his hospital bed. Mexican consulate and US officials later told AP the correct spelling was Lara Vega. He was ordered held for another hearing on Thursday.

Authorities fear the death toll could rise because many of those rescued from the sweltering truck in San Antonio have been hospitalised with extreme dehydration and heatstroke.

A number of those aboard were from Mexico and Guatemala.

The top Mexican diplomatic official in San Antonio says relatives of some of the passengers of a tractor-trailer packed with immigrants that was found in San Antonio didn't know their family members had left for the United States.

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