An alert neighbor helped authorities find nearly two dozen illegal immigrants and drugs worth about $1 million at a home in northwest Harris County earlier this week.
Palmore said 23 suspected illegal immigrants from Guatemala, El Salvador and Mexico were found in the home. Methamphetamine and a small amount of cocaine were also seized. One gun was recovered.
Palmore said officials were tipped off to the stash house after a neighbor called authorities to report a suspicious vehicle nearby. When officers arrived, three people tried to run away, but they were quickly taken into custody.
Officers then entered the home and found the immigrants as well as the drugs and gun.
Three of the people were taken to the Harris County Jail in connection with the drugs while 20 suspected illegal immigrants were taken into ICE custody.
Palmore said stash houses for illegal immigrants are common in Houston. The city's location and freeways help make it a transit hub as illegal immigrants cross the border in southern Texas and then fan out to other parts of the country.