Thursday, May 26, 2011

108 People Found in Phoenix Drop House (KUTP-AZ)

108 People Found in Phoenix Drop House
Published : Wednesday, 25 May 2011, 11:57 AM MST

PHOENIX - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says 108 people have been discovered in a 1,300 square foot, 4-bedroom drop house in Phoenix.

The home is near 91st Avenue and Encanto Boulevard.

ICE spokesman Vincent Picard says among the people found in the drop house were five teenage males and 14 women, and they are attempting to identify a number of human smugglers.

"They seemed mostly to be good..they're thirsty, so we've got assistance from ICE and Phoenix police department to make sure they get some water, that they get fed until they get to the ICE facility," he added.

The men and women came from Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras and ICE agents say this is the biggest drop house they've seen in five years.

Most of the illegal immigrants arrived at the home Wednesday morning.

Authorities were tipped off by neighbors who reported seeing vehicles quickly entering and leaving the garage, which is indicative of a drop house.

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