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Press Release

Statement Concerning the Tractor-Trailer of Undocumented Aliens Found in Southwest San Antonio on July 23, 2017

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Texas

For clarification the number of persons recovered from the trailer was 39, not the 38 reported earlier. The 39th person had been in the trailer but authorities found him this morning in a wooded area nearby. The number of individuals who have died has risen to nine. All of the deceased are adult males. Thirty others are being treated at area hospitals. At this time, investigators are making efforts to identify the victims and will seek to notify family and next of kin. Officials will not release the identities or alienage of victims until relatives can be notified.


A subject identified as James Mathew Bradley, Jr., age 60, from Clearwater, Florida, is being held in federal custody in connection with this incident. A criminal complaint will be filed in federal court in San Antonio on Monday morning. It is anticipated that Bradley will have an initial appearance shortly after that time.


The Department of Homeland Security/Homeland Security Investigations together with Immigration Customs Enforcement -- Enforcement and Removal Office, the San Antonio Police Department, the San Antonio Fire Department, the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, the Border Patrol, U. S. Attorney’s Office, and the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office, are continuing the investigation.


Anyone having any information should call the ICE tip line at 866-347-2423. Any persons who were transported in the trailer should immediately seek medical attention.


It is important to note that the filing of a criminal complaint is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.



Updated July 23, 2017