Texas police investigating kidnapping call find nearly 100 people inside home

Published: Apr. 30, 2021 at 1:14 PM CDT
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HOUSTON, Texas (KWTX) - Houston police found nearly 100 people inside a home after receiving reports of a kidnapping and possible human smuggling.

The discovery was made Friday morning in the 12200 block of Chessington Drive. Investigators reportedly found more than 90 people inside a residence.

Police said they received a tip about a possible kidnapping Thursday night. Detectives with the homicide unit worked overnight and their investigation led them to the residence.

Police obtained a search warrant for the residence and SWAT was called to the scene to execute it.

“It was a big surprise when we got in the house and saw what we saw,” a police spokesman said.

Investigators said officers discovered a human smuggling operation in the two-story home.

They are currently working with Homeland Security Investigations to identify the victims and find out who owns the property.

Police said five of the victims are women. No children were found in the group.

Some of the victims have a fever and some are displaying COVID-19 symptoms, police said.

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