UPDATE: 3 men charged after drop house raid

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Drop house bust following tip
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UPDATE JAN. 6:

PHOENIX -- Three men have now been indicted in connection with a raid on a drop house that happened December 26, 2008 at 8603 West Mariposa in Phoenix. County Attorney Andrew Thomas announced today that Cesar Antonio Acosta (DOB 6/13/77), Jonathan Manuel Castellanos (DOB 5/31/84), and Miguel Angel Gonzalez (DOB 12/14/78) have been indicted on a long list of charges that includes:

Kidnapping, a class two dangerous felony

Armed Robbery, a class two dangerous felony

Theft by Extortion, a class two dangerous felony Smuggling, a class four felony

In addition Gonzalez is also charged with three counts of Sexual Assault.

According to the probable cause statement, the IIMPACT task force received word from a woman that smugglers were holding her husband for ransom. Investigators found the home and a DPS SWAT team entered, rescuing a number of illegal immigrants allegedly being held hostage and arresting three men accused of operating the drop house.

According to the probable cause statement hostages indentified the three suspects. One of them said Gonzalez raped her at gunpoint. The hostages told police they were being held for ransom after being smuggled into Arizona.

On January 5, 2009 a Maricopa County Grand Jury returned a 25 count indictment against Acosta, Castellanos, and Gonzalez.

This indictment follows recent convictions in two other drop house cases.

On December 15, 2008 Alfonso Lopez-Millan (DOB 4/29/57), and Efrin Osuna-Chavez (DOB 7/3/66), were both were convicted of three counts of class 2 dangerous kidnapping, three counts of class 2 dangerous extortion, one count of class 3 dangerous aggravated assault, and one count of class 4 human smuggling; all felonies.

On December 17, 2008 a jury found Cresenciano Torres De La Rosa (DOB 9/14/72) and Jorge Morales- Loza guilty on four counts of Kidnapping and one count of Human Smuggling.

Thomas stated, "In addition to holding human smugglers accountable for illegally bringing people into Arizona, we must also hold them accountable when they victimize illegal immigrants. All crime victims deserve justice."

ORIGINAL REPORT:

PHOENIX - Officers responded to an alleged drop house where they found dozens of suspected illegal immigrants.

IIMPACT officers discovered 31 men and 6 women inside the drop house in the 8600 block of W. Mariposa Drive after reportedly receiving a tip from family members claiming they were being extorted for more money.

Of the six women found at the house, two of them were taken to a hospital as a precaution. One of those women is pregnant and the other was to be treated for an unknown injury.

Three suspected human smugglers were taken into custody. They face kidnapping extortion and battery charges.

IIMPACT aims to dismantle criminal organizations that profit from human smuggling.