Man accused of smuggling after 6 people found inside southwest Houston apartment

HOUSTON – A man is accused of smuggling Monday after police investigating a report of human trafficking found six people inside a southwest Houston apartment.

The incident unfolded at 11315 Fondren Road.

Cmdr. Vidal Lopez, of the Houston Police Department, said officers found six men, between the ages of 20 and 25, inside the apartment. Lopez said five of the men are from Ecuador and one is from Guatemala. All of them were in good health, Lopez said.

One person was charged with smuggling and operating a stash house, Lopez said.

This incident is not connected to another human smuggling situation that was discovered at a home in southwest Houston last week, police said.

All six men were turned over to the Department of Homeland Security, Lopez said.

Investigators said they believe the men arrived in Houston on Sunday.

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