Police responding to reports of a kidnapping said on Friday (April 30) they had found more than 90 people crammed into a two-story suburban Houston home and suspected it was being used in a human smuggling operation.
The 90 victims, most of them women, were removed from the house and given food and water, said Daryn Edwards, assistant chief of the Houston Police Department.
At least several of the people showed symptoms of COVID-19 infection, including fever and lack of taste or smell, Edward said. The victims told police they had not eaten recently.
The victims were issued personal protective gear and put onto buses. It was not immediately clear where they were being taken.
Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were seen at the house along with local police and firefighters.
No arrests had been made in the case as of Friday afternoon and officials declined to offer further details, citing the ongoing investigation.
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