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HPD called to hostage situation, finds 38 illegal immigrants

Dale Lezo, Houston Chronicle
Updated 1:33 pm, Tuesday, April 30, 2013
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Two suspected human traffickers were arrested after nearly 40 suspected illegal immigrants were found inside apartments in southwest Houston Monday night, officials said.

The arrests were made after 38 undocumented immigrants were discovered about 9:30 p.m. in two apartments at the same complex at 11315 Fondren near Ludington, federal officials said.

Houston police were called to the scene to investigate a possible hostage case, said Gregory Palmore, a spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement--Homeland Security Investigations.

When officers arrived they found the immigrants as well as the suspected smugglers.

Palmore said the group included 32 men, three women and three youths. They were from Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

The immigrants were taken into ICE custody.