ICE busts three drop houses; capture 17 illegal immigrants

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By Natalie Rivers By Natalie Rivers

PHOENIX - Within the last week, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 17 illegal aliens at three suspected drop houses in the Phoenix area.

On Sunday ICE agents busted a drop house near South Hobson and Broadway roads in Mesa. They took five adult males, three adult females and one juvenile male, all Mexican nationals, into custody.

The Mesa arrests follow two other recent drop house investigations. On November 13, ICE agents arrested five male Mexican nationals and seized two handguns at a home near 79th Avenue and Indian School Road in Phoenix.  Sacramento Correa-Blancas, 29, was arrested for being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm and is facing charges in federal court.

On November 11, agents arrested three Mexican males at another suspected Phoenix drop house near West Madison Street and 19th Avenue.