Dozens Of Illegal Immigrants Locked In Drop House - Tucson News Now

Dozens Of Illegal Immigrants Locked In Drop House

Posted: 10/14/04

Sixty-seven men, women and children -- including toddlers -- are being sent back to their home countries after authorities discovered them locked inside a drop house in Tucson.

Acting on a tip, federal agents and local police went to the house on 22nd Street. A woman tried to run out the back, leaving food cooking on stove.  That started a small fire. Authorities had to put it out through a window because the doors were padlocked. The windows were bolted shut too.

Five suspects are in custody and may face immigrant smuggling charges.

The immigrants were taken to the Border Patrol's Tucson station, where they are said to be in good condition.

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