Texas police found 91 people, many showing Covid symptoms, crammed into a Houston home in what they believe is a human smuggling operation uncovered about 300 miles north of the Mexico border.
Police and SWAT team officers entering the house on reports of a kidnapping were shocked to find almost 100 people in need of food, water and medical assistance.
“It was a big surprise when we got in the house and saw what we saw,” Houston Police’s Homeland Security Command assistant chief, Daryn Edwards, told a news conference. “They basically are in there, in their basic clothing, and all huddled together,”
“When [police] got inside the house, they realized this is actually going to turn into a human smuggling investigation,” he added.
Several displayed symptoms of fever and loss of sense and small, leading to police concerns that Covid was spreading inside the house.
Mr Edwards said the people were being tested inside the house and may have to quarantine before being transferred elsewhere while the investigation continues.
Five females and no children were among the group, with the rest being adult men.
“They were basically in there, in their basic clothing, and all huddled together,” Mr Edwards said.
“We’ve got to separate who the victims are, versus who, as you can imagine, somebody that would be involved in something like this, as soon as they realise we’re here they’re probably going to try to become a part of them.”
This is a developing story.