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More than two dozen people recovered in possible human trafficking operation in San Antonio

More than two dozen people were recovered from a big rig that was stopped near San Antonio, including one person who was taken to a hospital, a police official in Texas said.

A passerby called police Thursday to report a suspicious semitrailer along Interstate 10, east of San Antonio, Lt. Jesse Salame told reporters. An officer with the San Antonio Park Police initiated a traffic stop. As the officer approached the vehicle, the back door swung open and several people ran out, Salame said. Authorities made contact with 29 of the people who had been in the semi truck.

One person was taken to the hospital to be treated for dehydration, San Antonio Fire Department spokesperson Joe Arrington said. The traffic stop is being investigated for possible human smuggling, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement. An agency spokeswoman declined Friday to provide more details. The driver of the truck, described only as a 49-year-old, was taken into custody, Salame said [ABC].

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