37 Illegal immigrants found in Phoenix drop house

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PHOENIX -- Authorities have busted up a Phoenix drop house where they found 37 illegal immigrants and six suspected smugglers Monday.

Third major bust

37 illegal immigrants found in Phoenix drop house - Authorities have busted up a Phoenix drop house where they found 37 illegal immigrants and six suspected smugglers Monday.

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Department of Public Safety Officer Robert Bailey says authorities were notified of the west Phoenix drop house by a citizen who paid a ransom to get a family member released from the house.

Bailey says the six suspected male smugglers were arrested, while the illegal immigrants, who included one child, were to be turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

None of the immigrants, who were from Mexico, had to be taken to the hospital, but officials are looking into whether the smugglers threatened or committed violence.

Bailey says this is the third major bust of a drop house in Phoenix since Friday.

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