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Over 100 central American immigrants found in SE Houston stash house

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

"They had no idea what they were walking into," said HPD spokesman John Cannon.
    The cops ended up at the stash house in hopes of finding a 24-year-old woman and her two small kids.
    They found a lot more than just that.
    "As soon as they open that door it's like a sea of humanity because there are 100 plus people in an area of about 4 or 5 rooms in a one floor house that came rushing toward them," Cannon said.
    They were all dehydrated and starving.
    Some almost naked.
    "The men for the most part were told to stay in their under garments without any shoes on" Cannon said. "The females were allowed to be in clothing."
    Police say the 94 men, 15 women and 2 children had been locked inside this stash house for at least 2 to 4 days.
    "We've got one female who says she's been in there for 15 days," said Cannon.
    "This is the largest number of people in a stash house we've encountered in probably the last 5 or 6 years," said ICE spokesman Greg Palmore.
    "There's one bathroom in the house for 100 plus people to use," Cannon said.
    Three of the suspected coyotes suffer scratches while trying to run from the law.
    Their injuries are nothing compared to what authorities say the immigrants had to endure.
    "Basically in there like animals as opposed to human beings," said Cannon.
    Even all the chickens in the backyard police say were pawns in crimes.
    "Hundreds of chickens are being held in these coops probably for illegal activity," Cannon said.
    They my favorite neighbors," said Ellea Johnson who lives right across the street from the stash house. "They don't bother me I don't bother them."
     Johnson doesn't think that anymore.
    "They started bringing out people in droves," Johnson said.
    The look on the shocked neighbors face says it all.
    How can so many people be locked away so close but yet no one knew.

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