HOUSTON – Two dozen suspected illegal immigrants were found crammed into a van outside a southwest Houston home early Thursday morning, said officials with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Men, women, and children were among those in the van.
It was sometime before 5 a.m. officers with the Houston Police Department said they spotted a few suspicious people standing outside the van near Hillcroft Avenue and Edgemoor Drive. When police approached, they said the individuals scattered.
Officers peered into the van, expecting to find stolen items, but instead found 24 people. Police initially reported that 27 people were found.
I.C.E. agents were called in to question and handcuff the suspected illegal immigrants, all of whom were taken into a nearby home.
Authorities said, despite reports, the home where the van was located was not a stash house.
All of the men and women were taken from the scene in an I.C.E. van.