Dozens of illegal immigrants found in alleged drop house

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron
By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron
By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

PHOENIX – Law enforcement took dozens of people into custody after busting an alleged drop house in Phoenix.

Agents responded to a house in the area of 26th Drive and Avalon on Tuesday after receiving reports of suspicious activity and a check welfare call just before 1 p.m.

When police arrived at the house, they found a group of illegal immigrants inside, many eating ham sandwiches and drinking beer. There were reportedly no weapons and no one acted in a violent manner.

Sgt. A.D. Davis, with the Phoenix Police Department, says "Officers got a call today at about 12:45 p.m. of a suspicious vehicle and just check welfare on the house. It all started last night.at around 11 o'clock they noticed a red van and a white pick-up...and they noticed that maybe 30-40 individuals got out and they noticed this type of behavior for the last three days."

Neighbors tell 3TV they had noticed something was up. Brent Farlin, a neighbor, says, “I’ve noticed some suspicious activity over the last week cars, these vehicles right here parked here 3:00, 3:30 in the morning and then they just suddenly leave.”

A total of 70 people including a small child were taken into custody and loaded onto an ICE bus to be processed and detained as neighbors stood by and watched.