40 suspected illegal immigrants arrested at alleged drop house

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by Catherine Holland

Video report by Christine Harrington

Posted on September 3, 2012 at 6:55 AM

Updated Monday, Sep 3 at 6:35 PM

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- At least 40 suspected illegal immigrants were taken into custody at a Glendale home overnight.

The alleged drop house is near 65th and Olive avenues. According to public records, the home is owned by a Scottsdale woman. Few details about the incident were immediately available.

Video from the scene showed dozens of men sitting on the curb in the dark while investigators gathered evidence and information.

While neither Glendale officers nor agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement would speak to media on the scene, a neighbor told 3TV he had no idea the home was a drop house. He said some of the people living there helped him clean up after he trimmed his palm tree recently.

It's not yet known what tipped investigators to the drop house or where the people there are from.

All of the suspected illegal immigrants were turned over to ICE. It's not clear if any coyotes were in the group.

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