Houston police find house with 110 smuggled immigrants, arrest 5 traffickers

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Houston, TX, United States (4E) – Police responding to a mother’s complaint that her daughter and grandchildren are being held by a coyote led to the discovery of a Southeast Houston stash house holding 110 smuggled Latino immigrants on Wednesday.

Houston police found 94 adult males, 14 adult females and two children aged 5 to 47 when they entered the house at 14711 Almeda School Road after arresting five men suspected as smugglers outside around 10 a.m.

ouston Police Department spokesman John Cannon said the police found the hostages packed in the one-storey, 1,284-square foot house for a few days or couple of weeks. They were smelly, hungry, thirsty, exhausted, stripped to their underwear and shoeless.

Rooms in the house were littered with plastic trash bags and clothes, and there was only one toilet with no hot water.

The hostages were loaded unto buses for turnover to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Two, including a pregnant woman, were taken to a hospital for treatment.

The illegal immigrants will be detained at a holding facility for interview, fingerprinting and medical exam prior to deportation.

Neighbors said they did not suspect the house, which has windows boarded from the inside, was being used by smugglers.

The house yielded the highest number of illegal immigrants. In 2012, authorities also found and rescued 86 immigrants held hostage inside a house in the Houston area.

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