50 Taken into custody at West Phoenix drop house

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PHOENIX -- Police spent most of the morning on the scene of an apparent drop house in West Phoenix Tuesday morning.

Dozens suspected illegals in custody

At least 50 people, 15 to 20 of them women and children, were found inside the home at 56th and Virginia avenues. Virginia Avenue is south of Thomas Road.

A neighbor who noticed that something wasn't right called 911. That neighbor reportedly saw a van dropping people off and spotted at least one person running through the neighborhood. That person turned out to be a suspected coyote.

A police spokesman on the scene said officers have taken dozens of illegal immigrants into custody, as well as the people responsible for bringing them into the country. Those people were turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

It's not clear how long the people had been living in the house, but the conditions inside were not good.