Drop house found in Mesa

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Police officers took about 10 people into custody at a Mesa drop house. By Jennifer Thomas Police officers took about 10 people into custody at a Mesa drop house. By Jennifer Thomas

MESA, Ariz. -- More than a dozen people were detained Saturday night after police discovered a drop house in the East Valley.

Mesa police responded to a home near Eighth Avenue and Center Street after receiving reports of a fight.

Callers said a Hispanic male attempted to flee from the home and was apprehended by another Hispanic male, assaulted and forced back into the house, according to police spokesman Sgt. Tony Landato.

Officers conducted a welfare check and made contact with a Hispanic male at the front door. The man complied with commands to exit the home and said about 10 other people remained inside, two of whom were suspects holding the others captive with handguns.

Landato said the situation was then classified as a barricade and a SWAT team was called to the scene.

Over a six-hour period, 15 illegal immigrants were recovered from the home. Three were located hiding in the attic.

The illegal immigrants were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.