Law enforcement officers in Texas discovered over 90 people inside a Houston home that investigators now believe is part of a human smuggling operation.
Talking to reporters Friday afternoon, Assistant Chief of Homeland Security Command for the Houston Police Department Daryn Edwards explained officers were originally investigating a telephone received Thursday night about a kidnapping. That investigation headed homicide detectives to execute a search warrant in a two-story home on the 12200 block of Chessington Drive that they discovered packaged with 91 people. He additionally mentioned that the situation”is more of a smuggling matter rather than a trafficking matter,” he said will be managed by HSI investigators moving ahead.
Edwards reported the 91 people inside the home, roughly five were women and the remainder were men. There were no children found inside the home, together with the most adorable inhabitant probably being inside their”early 20s,” he added.
Edwards said several people inside the home appear to possess Covid-19. The individuals discovered have complained of fevers along with a recent loss of flavor and odor. The Houston Health Department is running quick testing on all 91 people, and Edwards said they might need to stay indefinitely.
The people were sporting”basic clothes” and were sitting together collectively in two distinct sections of the home. They told police they hadn’t eaten for some time.
Edwards said none of the neighbors reported seeing something suspicious going on in the speech before police executing the search warrant.
The home is owned by a family that told me that one man was renting the home, but Edwards was not able to provide any additional info.
Watch the full press briefing below.
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