2 Mexican citizens charged with weapons possession, 1 more in custody after suspected migrant smuggling operation near San Antonio: Reports

The two men have been charged with possession of a weapon while being in the U.S. illegally, but have not faced formal allegations related to the deaths, NBC News says.

Desperate families of migrants from Mexico and Central America frantically sought word of their loved ones as authorities began the grim task Tuesday of identifying 51 people who died after being abandoned in a tractor-trailer without air conditioning in the sweltering Texas heat.

SAN ANTONIO – Two men detained following Monday’s discovery of dozens of dead migrants in the trailer of a big rig in San Antonio have been charged with possessing a weapon while in the United States illegally.

Criminal complaints filed separately in San Antonio federal court Tuesday charge Juan Francisco D’Luna-Bilbao and Juan Claudio D’Luna-Mendez with “possession of a weapon by an alien illegally in the United States.”

Neither man faces formal allegations that they are connected to smuggling, the deaths of the 51 migrants in the big rig or injury to at least a dozen others.

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