More than 90 illegal migrants in one smuggling operation discovered inside Texas residence police said
Texas law enforcement discovered more than 90 illegal migrants inside one home when serving a search warrant at the area. The investigation together with the federal authorities are underway, reports said.
The large group of people was a smuggling operation that the local authorities discovered in the two-story residence. The unexpected found was made after officers received reports of a kidnapping that night, the Houston Police Department reported Friday.
“Last night, we were called to a location and given some tips, and that’s all I’m going to say about that,” Assistant Chief Darwin Edwards said. “But we worked through the night to try to figure out exactly where they were, which led us to this address. And we had some pretty good information that they were here.”
Police said there were no children among the captured people. The youngest of the victims was in his 20s, police said. All those undocumented migrants reportedly spent many days and night close together without food and water.
“We had our tactical operations team, SWAT, go in and execute the search warrant, and when they got inside the house, they realized that this was actually going to turn into a human smuggling investigation,” Edwards explained. “When we got into the house, we realized that there were over 90 people inside. So we immediately began to assess any kind of a special threat after that, [and] once we isolated that, we wanted to make sure we rendered any kind of medical care.”
The owners of the building said one man was renting the house but there was no suspicious activity reported before the law enforcement appeared in the area.