Authorities are now investigating what is believed to be a smuggling ring after local police stumbled across a home that had 90 people inside of it.
Officials first found the house while responding to a call related to kidnapping, after they got to the house they found dozens of individuals.
from The Daily Caller:
“Last night we were made aware of a kidnapping call” Houston Police Assistant Chief Daryn Edwards, said during a briefing Friday.
Edwards said investigators worked through the night to track down the possible location and obtained a search warrant for the residence. Upon arrival, authorities realized it had turned into a human smuggling investigation. (RELATED: ‘The Smuggler Is Our Enemy’: DHS Announces Operation Targeting Criminal Organizations Who Smuggle Migrants)
“When we got into the house we realized that there were over 90 people inside. And so we immediately began to assess any kind of a special threat after that,” he continued.
“We are concerned that there may be some positive COVID cases inside the house,” Edwards added, noting some people were symptomatic and presented fevers. Edwards said the health department was conducting rapid testing.
One thing authorities did note was that there were no children in the home, the youngest indidvuals were in their early twenties and the oldest people were in there upper 30s.