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60 immigrants found in refrigerated truck trailer in Texas

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Officials say 60 immigrants have been found in a load of ice-covered broccoli in a refrigerated trailer that was searched at a South Texas border checkpoint.

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection statement Monday said nobody was hurt and the trucker was arrested at the Falfurrias (fal-FYOO'-ree-uhs) checkpoint.

Agents on Saturday opened the padlocked trailer and found dozens of immigrants amid pallets of broccoli lined with ice. Customs officials say the temperature inside the trailer was 49 degrees (9 degrees Celsius). Some immigrants wore hooded heavy coats.

The immigrants - from Guatemala, Mexico, El Salvador and Hondurans - were detained and being processed for entering the U.S. illegally. The trucker faces immigrant smuggling charges.

Officials didn't immediately say where the produce was headed or provide further details on the investigation.

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