Homero Zamorano: named driver of the truck in San Antonio

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Homero Zamorano

Homero Zamorano is the accused driver of the trailer truck that found 51 migrants dead in near San Antonio, Texas.

Zamorano, 45, has addresses in Houston and the Rio Grande Valley, according to the San Antonio Express News, who added that he had a “long criminal history”. According to law enforcement agencies, this newspaper named Zamorano as the driver.

Authorities were able to trace the truck’s registration to a house, where they also arrested Juan Claudio D’Luna-Mendez and Juan Francisco D’Luna-Bilbao. According to federal criminal complaints, these two men are accused of possessing firearms while in the United States. You can read the complaint against D’Luna-Mendez here.

Here’s what you need to know:

Zamorano was reportedly “very high on meth” when he was arrested.

GettyEmergency vehicles stand by the spot where a tractor-trailer truck carrying migrants was spotted on June 27, 2022 outside of San Antonio, Texas.

Authorities say they found Zamorano under the influence of drugs.

“He was very high on meth when he was arrested nearby and had to be taken to the hospital,” a law enforcement source said said the San Antonio Express News.

According to the Associated Press, The truck “passed through a border patrol checkpoint northeast of Laredo, Texas on Interstate 35.” It is unclear when the migrants got into the truck.

A city worker found the bodies after hearing a “cry for help from the truck parked on a lonely side street,” according to The Associated Press.

Most of the dead were men. More than a dozen people were taken to the hospital. Among them were four children, the AP reported.

“This is a horror beyond anything we’ve experienced before,” San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg told the AP. “And it’s unfortunately a preventable tragedy.”

AP reported that 27 of the dead are of Mexican origin, seven from Guatemala and two from Honduras. According to the AP, authorities believe the truck had mechanical problems. There was no visible working air conditioning, although temperatures were close to 100 degrees. People suffered from heat stroke and exhaustion.

Authorities traced the truck’s registered address

GettyThe cross and candles are kept at the site where a tractor trailer carrying migrants was spotted on June 28, 2022 outside of San Antonio, Texas.

Although no federal complaint has yet been filed against Zamorano, the lawsuit against D’Luna-Mendez provides some details of law enforcement’s investigation.

At approximately 6 p.m. Monday, June 27, 2022, San Antonio Police Department officers “responded to an industrial area regarding deceased people in a semi-trailer trailer; Officials came and confirmed the presence of deceased people in the trailer,” the complaint reads.

“Officials looked up the semi-truck’s Texas license plate and found a residence on Block 100 of Arnold Drive in San Antonio, Texas as the truck’s registered address with Texas motor vehicle registries,” the statement said.

“San Antonio police officers monitored the apartment (100 block of Arnold Drive) and observed a truck exiting the apartment occupied by a young Hispanic man. Officers stopped the truck and identified Juan Claudio D’LUNA-Mendez as the driver.”

The complaint continues: “Officers obtained a search warrant for the 100 Block Arnold Drive apartment based on information obtained during a related but separate traffic stop. Upon successful service, officers found an American Tactical Imports model Omni Hybrid multi-caliber rifle with SN – NS117221, a German Sport Guns model GSG-5P, a .22 caliber pistol with SN – A271841 and a Smith & Wesson model M&P 9 M2.0 Shield, 9mm Pistol with SN – JCD0475 in D’LUNA-Mendez’s bedroom.”

According to the complaint, “D’Luna-Mendez admitted possession of the three firearms in his bedroom. D’LUNA-Mendez also admitted his immigrant status in the United States as a Visa Overstay.”

An “ATF Interstate Nexus Investigation” determined that the firearms seized were not manufactured in the State of Texas and were therefore transported in interstate and/or foreign commerce. At the request of SA Watkins, federal immigration officials researched Juan Claudio D’LUNAMendez through immigration records and determined that D’LUNA-Mendez is a citizen and national of Mexico illegally residing in the United States.

According to the complaint, “D’LUNA-Mendez once held a valid B-2 visa and did not return to Mexico after the visa expired.”

The complaint against D’Luna-Bilbao also states that he is a Mexican citizen who has overstayed his visa. He is also accused of possessing multiple firearms.

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