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PHOENIX -- Phoenix police and Department of Public Safety officers busted a suspected drop house in Phoenix Monday morning and several children were found inside.
Suspected drop house
Women, kids found in suspected drop house - Police busted a suspected drop house in Phoenix Monday morning and several children were found inside.
The IIMPACT team, a task force made up of police officers, DPS and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, targeted the home in west-central Phoenix after family members say the human smugglers threatened to kill some of their detainees unless more money was paid.
Thirteen people believed to be illegal immigrants, including four children, were found inside the home near 29th and Campbell avenues. The kids were aged 2, 3, 7 and 12 and were from two different families. Their mothers were also found in the house.
Two suspected human smugglers were taken into custody at the house.
The victims are believed to have been in the house for up to one week and all claim to be Mexican Nationals. The victims are in fair condition and have not required or requested medical attention.
One of the victims said he was forced to rent a room at a Motel 6 near Interstate 17 and Indian School Road for the coyotes.
Six suspected coyotes were found at the motel and taken into custody.