DPS, police bust 2 drop houses in west Phoenix

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PHOENIX -- State police, members of Phoenix police and federal immigration agents busted two suspected drop houses in west Phoenix rescuing 13 people and arresting 15 suspected smugglers.

Captors threatened beheading

DPS, police bust 2 drop houses in west Phoenix - State police, members of Phoenix police and federal immigration agents busted two suspected drop houses in west Phoenix rescuing 13 people and arresting 15 suspected smugglers.

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Police began moving on one drop house Sunday after ransom demands were issued.

A woman said captors held her boyfriend since June 26th and threatened to beat and behead him if they weren't paid a $3,000 ransom.

Police found the drop house and arrested seven suspected human smugglers Monday.

A second west Phoenix drop house found Monday led to 15 people.

Of the 15, two suspected human smugglers were taken into custody.

Later, police arrested six suspected smugglers at a nearby motel.

The 15 suspected human smugglers taken into custody were booked into the Maricopa County Jail on extortion and human smuggling charges.

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