55 In custody after drop house bust in Phoenix

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

PHOENIX (AP) - State and federal authorities have busted a drop house in west Phoenix and taken 55 suspected illegal immigrants into custody.

They say at least three of the people are suspected human smugglers.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety and Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials received a tip about a possible drop house in the 11000 block of West Roma.

They busted into the home about 2 p.m. Friday and say they found 48 men and seven women inside.

Authorities say almost all of the 55 people are adults and most are from Central America and Mexico.

DPS officials say the illegal immigrants arrived at the drop house recently. They all have been turned over to ICE officials.

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