Illegal immigrants, drugs found in stash house

HOUSTON - Almost two dozen illegal immigrants a large amount of drugs were found inside a north Harris County home on Tuesday, investigators said.

Harris County sheriff's deputies said they got a call about a suspicious vehicle in the 900 block of Cherry Spring near Scotsbrook about noon. That led to the discovery of 23 people inside a home, officials said.

"They were taking people out of the home into ambulances, checking them," neighbor Alex Murphy said.

Murphy said he had no idea that a human smuggling operation was being run out of a home near his.

"Every once in a while you see a Suburban pull out and one or two people would come out," he said.

United State Immigration and Customs officials said the three women and 20 men in the home were smuggled from Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Mexico.

Officials said they also found more than a million dollars worth of drugs inside the home.

"Three individuals were arrested for felony drug charges due to the 15 pounds of methamphetamine found in the house, and the cocaine," ICE spokesman Greg Palmore said.

Palmore said residents need to keep a close eye on what's going on around them.

"It's tips like this that lead to apprehension and cleaning up your community," Palmore said.

Investigators will fingerprint and identify the men and women found inside the home.

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