Officials in Anderson County have released the mugshot of a Texas man who is connected with the deaths of 53 migrants found in a tractor-trailer in San Antonio.
According to the United States Department of Justice, 28-year-old Christian Martinez was arrested on Tuesday in Palestine. He is charged with one count of conspiracy to transport illegal aliens resulting in death.
Officials also arrested 45-year-old Homer Zamorano Jr., who is also being charged for his alleged involvement. He was detained after being observed hiding in the brush, according to the DOJ.
"According to court documents, a search warrant was executed on a cell phone belonging to Zamorano," said the DOJ. "Through investigation, it was discovered that communications occurred between Zamorano and Martinez concerning the smuggling event."
If convicted, the men could face up to life in prison or the death penalty.
"Martinez had an initial appearance today in Tyler," said the DOJ. "He will be transported to San Antonio for further proceedings."