Human smuggling operation in Houston?
Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:24:50 GMT —
UPDATE: Houston police now say that there more more than 100 people inside the suspected stash house. Five men are suspected of running the operation, and they were detained at the scene in southeast Houston.
Authorities say the investigation started when a Houston family called police to report a woman and her children missing. They said a planned coyote drop of the mother and children did not happen. Investigators then were led to the house and set up surveillance.
Officers found 94 men and 15 women inside.
The house is in an industrial area with a number of fabricating and machining warehouses nearby.
Houston police say U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is taking over the investigation.
Authorities day dozens of people - possibly as many as 100 - have been found in a Houston home in what police say appears to be a human smuggling operation.
Houston police say the discovery was made Wednesday morning.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Greg Palmore said it's estimated that there are at least 100 people in the home. Palmore said the men and women in the group are being separated to get an accurate count of how many people were in the residence.
The Houston Chronicle reports that the house is located in an industrial area with a number of fabricating and machining warehouses nearby.