10 People Rescued From Suspected Human Smuggling Operation in SW Houston Billboards displaying a campaign against human trafficking are seen at Knight Center Metrorail station in Downtown Miami on January 9, 2020. (Eva Marie Uzcaregui /AFP via Getty Images)
By Jim Thomas | Thursday, 03 June 2021 04:38 PM
Police in Texas ended a suspected human smuggling operation being run out of a Houston home Wednesday, rescuing 10 captives and arresting two suspects, authorities said.
The 10 victims were discovered at a home in the 9000 block of McAvoy Drive in southwest Houston, Houston police tweeted.
"We never see anybody coming in and out of the house," longtime resident András Bognar told the Houston Chronicle, adding that the house has been rented multiple times over the past several years.
Houston police Lt. Larry Crowson told the paper the seven men and two women rescued from the home were undocumented immigrants. The origin of the victims is currently unknown.
The suspects, who have not been identified, have not yet been charged, Crowson said.
Police initially responded around 3:30 p.m. to a convenience store at the intersection of McAvoy and Bissonnet, where a man said he was being held hostage. Police arrived and located the man, as well as a suspect armed with a pistol, Crowson said.
Police said a suspect was seen pushing the victim into a vehicle, KHOU-TV reported.
The man directed police to a home in the 9000 block of McAvoy, where police found an additional seven men and two women, all of whom were undocumented, Crowson said. Police also found a second suspect at the home.
He said the Houston Fire Department determined all 10 people to be in good condition. They will be placed in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Houston police and ICE are continuing to investigate the incident.