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Law enforcement officials investigate a human smuggling case, Where the Houston people more than 90 undocumented immigrants were found inside a home on the block of Chessington Drive on Friday, April 30,in Houston. A Houston Police officials said the case will be handled by federal authorities. Law enforcement officials investigate the site of a human smuggling case, where more than 90 undocumented immigrants were found inside a home on the block of Chessington Drive on Friday, April 30,in Houston. More than 90 immigrants — many hungry and at least five testing positive for COVID — were found Friday crammed inside a southwest Houston house in what police said appears to be a human smuggling operation.
SWAT team members discovered the immigrants huddled together and mattresses lining the walls of the two-story home in the block of Chessington Drive. They are human beings, and regardless of citizenship, they deserve to … be treated respectfully.
The discovery came after police executed a search warrant as part of a reported kidnapping case, said HPD assistant chief Daryn Edwards. No one was seriously injured, but several reported experiencing COVID symptoms, including fever and loss of smell. One man was taken from the property on a stretcher. The Houston Health Department planned to conduct rapid coronavirus testing, and anticipated transporting victims elsewhere pending theEdwards said.
She did not disclose where the people were being transported. The group included five women and 85 men, the youngest of whom is in their early 20s, Edwards said. Some captives told police they were from Central America. Federal agents with Homeland Security Investigations and HPD are working to determine who is responsible for the smuggling operation. Edwards said authorities do not believe the victims were being trafficked.
Neighbor Chandra Price, who takes her 8-year-old son on a bike ride past the house daily, said that the operation surprised everyone in the quiet neighborhood.
Another neighbor, Flor Anderson, said a family member of an immigrant inside the house called the police because they were being extorted to free their loved one. Just before 5 p. Landreneau dropped off a care package that included T-shirts, pants, tortillas, soup and bottled water. She said she did that at the request of police officers at the scene. Cantu said police officers also bought pizza and water with their own money for those in the house. In January, police investigated a separate possible human smuggling operation involving two dozen people held captive in roughly the same area of southwest Houston.
Late last year, also in a nearby neighborhood, police discovered more than two dozen people inside a residence after a man escaped the home in his underwear. Federal officials charged a Honduran man in that case.
Most American adults are vaccinated, and they should not have to kowtow to the unvaccinated, business columnist Chris Tomlinson writes. By Chris Tomlinson. Most Popular. A Houston Police official said the case will be handled by federal authorities and that some of the people inside the house were exhibiting COVID symptoms.
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