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Trucker charged in connection to horrific human smuggling attempt in San Antonio

This news story was published on July 24, 2017.
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James Matthew Bradley, Jr.

SAN ANTONIO — The driver of a tractor-trailer with Iowa ties was charged Monday with one count of transporting illegal aliens, after 10 aliens died when they were smuggled in his truck on Sunday.

This charge was announced by U.S. Attorney Richard L. Durbin Jr., Western District of Texas, and U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent in Charge Shane Folden.

A federal complaint filed July 24 alleges that James Matthew Bradley Jr., 60, unlawfully transported aliens in violation of law resulting in the death of 10 of the aliens transported. The tenth alien, an adult male, died overnight at a hospital. Upon conviction, the offense is punishable by life imprisonment or death, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release.

According to the complaint affidavit filed by HSI Special Agent James Lara, San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) officers responded to a call at the Wal-Mart store located at 8538 Interstate 25 Access Road in San Antonio shortly after midnight on Sunday, July 23. An officer encountered a tractor trailer behind the store, and found a number of people standing and lying in the rear of the trailer; and the driver, Bradley, was in the cab. Bradley said he was transporting the trailer from Schaller, Iowa, to Brownsville, Texas. He denied knowing there were people in the trailer, and discovered them only when he exited the vehicle to relieve himself. He said he attempted to administer aid to them. SAPD officers reported they found eight deceased persons and 30 to 40 others, all illegal aliens. The driver, Bradley, was taken into custody.

During questioning, Bradley said he was traveling from Laredo to San Antonio, after having the tractor trailer washed and detailed at a truck stop near Laredo. He intended to take the trailer to Brownsville to deliver it to someone who had purchased it. He stopped at the Wal-Mart and heard banging and shaking in the trailer. He was surprised when “he was run over by ‘Spanish’ people and knocked to the ground,” according to the affidavit. He realized that at least one person was dead. He said he knew the trailer refrigeration system did not work and that the four vent holes probably were clogged. He said he called his wife, but he did not call 911. He said about 30 to 40 people ran from the trailer.

Several of the illegal aliens taken from the trailer and interviewed by HSI special agents described how they had been smuggled across the Rio Grande River near Laredo at different times and as part of different groups. They were harbored in one or more stash locations, and on Sunday, the groups were assembled in the trailer. One alien said his group of 24 had been in a “stash house” in Laredo for 11 days before being loaded into the trailer. They estimated the trailer contained between 70 and 180 to 200 people during transport. They described differing fees for being transported.

“To maximize their criminal profits, these human smugglers crammed more than 100 people into a tractor trailer in the stifling Texas summer heat resulting in 10 dead and 29 others hospitalized,” said Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan. “Human smugglers have repeatedly demonstrated that they have absolutely no regard for human life. Our ICE agents and officers, working closely with our law enforcement partners, will pursue these smugglers and bring them to justice.”

An initial appearance for Bradley is scheduled before U.S. Magistrate Judge Elizabeth S. Chestney at 11 a.m. on July 24.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) is leading this investigation together with ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations, the San Antonio Police Department and the San Antonio Fire Department, with assistance from the Bexar County (Texas) Sheriff’s Office, and the U. S. Customs and Border Protection’s Border Patrol.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Christina Playton, Western District of Texas, is prosecuting this case.

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

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19 Responses to Trucker charged in connection to horrific human smuggling attempt in San Antonio

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 26, 2017 at 10:09 am

    Does the Dimms (deep state) also fly them in ? YES.

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 26, 2017 at 10:08 am

    Thishas been going on forever –secretly hauling in illegals to take jobs in Iowa – would’nt be a bit suprised if the load was for the new packing plant area all paid for by dimms and corporations – these people did not have 5k each to pay for the ride – wise up!

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 25, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    These illegals are distributed and owned by coyotes for the rest of their lives. Coyotes get a huge cut of their pay forever.

    • Earl Turner Reply Report comment

      July 25, 2017 at 2:20 pm

      Illegal immigration is a lot like slavery. So why do liberals promote illegal immigration? I guess they like Hispanic slaves.

      • Bill Reply Report comment

        July 25, 2017 at 5:42 pm

        Guarantee you that the vast majority of those Employers that hire the illegal aliens are Conservatives.
        Hypocrisy much?

        • Earl Turner Reply Report comment

          July 26, 2017 at 10:22 am

          Their politics don’t matter. They are all criminals profiting from the death and suffering of illegals and Americans. Their hands are soaked in blood. We need to go after them. Take away the jobs and most illegals won’t try to get here.

  4. Earl Turner Reply Report comment

    July 25, 2017 at 11:14 am

    Hundreds of illegals die each year trying to reach jobs in our country. Those who employ illegals have blood soaked hands. Go after employers to stop the deaths.

    • bodacious Reply Report comment

      July 25, 2017 at 12:54 pm

      That’s funny-go after the employers. Our President is one of those employers.

    • Allen Reply Report comment

      July 25, 2017 at 12:55 pm

      Local roofing contractors hire them all the time. Every time I see a roofing project going on , I look to see whos doing the roofing, like on E. State St. east of Kentucky, this morning. Now I’m not saying they are illegal, but, when they don’t speak English, it makes me wonder. Contractors make out really good $$$$, with workers like that. And most of the money doesn’t stay in this country.

  5. Earl Turner Reply Report comment

    July 25, 2017 at 11:11 am

    I’m certain the illegals were bound for Iowa. Illegals are all but exempt from our laws. They and their employers flaunt their distain for our laws. They make certain everyone knows they are here. Local police look like fools. They are unable or unwilling to do anything about illegals or their crimes. It seems only larger city police and ICE arrest illegals. Iowa is a lawless sanctuary state. Our only protection is our guns. Click on user name to see proof.

    • Bill Reply Report comment

      July 25, 2017 at 11:24 am

      “Click on user name”
      So you are a member of, eh Earl?
      And you wear the white sheets & mask too

      “Stormfront is a white nationalist, white supremacist and neo-Nazi Internet forum that was the Web’s first major racial hate site.”
      “Stormfront began as an online bulletin board system in the early 1990s before being established as a website in 1996 by former Ku Klux Klan leader and white supremacist Don Black”

      • Earl Turner Reply Report comment

        July 25, 2017 at 2:13 pm

        The reason I use Storm Front is to avoid liberal censorship. Facebook is notorious for censoring conservatives. Also with Storm Front I can avoid using my real name. I don’t want to be forced to shoot thugs who want to silence me with violence. Violence the left has been calling for more and more. ISIS style beheadings for example.

        • Bill Reply Report comment

          July 25, 2017 at 6:18 pm

          How appropriate & disgusting that you chose the nom de guerre of Earl Turner from the book “The Turner Diaries”.
          What with Turner being the main protagonist that was a bigot, racist and a Nazi supporter.
          Earl Turner was a real piece of shit.
          Make you feel good that you are right up there with the likes of Timothy McVeigh who was influenced by “The Turner Diaries’?

          You are a thoroughly disgusting POS.

          • Earl Turner

            July 26, 2017 at 10:29 am

            Go check out my IowaNews thread. Everything I post has links to verify what is posted. As to user name, the book “Turner Diaries” was intended as a warning. It seems liberals are using it as a plan of action, ie. political correctness more important than victims. What he didn’t know was that illegal aliens would be the criminals enabled by law enforcement and courts. Look up Sarah Root to see how it works. Ironically blacks are the ones hurt most, putting them on the side of Americans. It is Americans vs invading illegals, not Whites against Blacks.

  6. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 24, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    Release him and let him drive truck loads of illegals into the ocean.

  7. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    July 24, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    Charles City or Eagle Grove ?

    • Earl Turner Reply Report comment

      July 25, 2017 at 2:18 pm

      Marshalltown? Wellsberg? Going up 14 just passed by “Transportedo Latinos” bus. Spelling might be wrong, I will post stills of the bus later. Illegals openly flaunt their presence, including their own bus line. I’ll also post stills of illegals walking around a small Iowa town for everyone to see. Iowa is lawless and local law enforcement useless.