ICE agents busted a stash house full of undocumented immigrants in South El Paso on Tuesday.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations agents arrested a Mexican man on smuggling charges after they found 54 immigrants in the house.
Among them were 45 men, five women and two unaccompanied teenagers and two teenagers traveling alone. The 54 came from Belize, Brazil, El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico.
The stash house was found in a duplex in the 100 block of Seville Drive.
An ICE news release said that some of the immigrants had been at the house for more than a week and several of them required medical attention for injuries they got while crossing.
“The overcrowded conditions of this stash house in a residential neighborhood show the lack of respect human smugglers have for people who put their lives in smugglers’ hands,” said Jack P. Staton, special agent in charge of HSI El Paso. “HSI continues to target transnational criminal organizations that rake in huge profits by illegally smuggling people with clear disregard for their safety and welfare.”
The man arrested on the smuggling charges was responsible for harboring the immigrants. He remains in custody, however, the release did not name him.