CIUDAD JUAREZ, CHIHUAHUA.- U.S. Border Patrol agents found 171 migrants hidden in four stash houses throughout El Paso County, officials said.
Agents with the Border Patrol’s Anti-Smuggling Unit, along with troopers from the Texas Department of Public Safety, received information on Feb. 26 about a possible stash house near Fairbanks Drive and U.S. 54 in Northeast El Paso, U.S. Border Patrol officials said.
Agents found 50 migrants from Guatemala, Mexico, and El Salvador inside the car garage at the house. The migrants were being kept in “deplorable conditions,” officials said.
The migrants were found to be in good health and were detained to be processed for deportation, officials said.
Two Mexico citizens were detained on suspicion of smuggling and will face prosecution in Texas state court, officials said.
Agents received more information Tuesday about a stash house in Central El Paso.
Agents found 25 migrants at the stash house located near Pershing Drive and U.S. 54, officials said. The migrants were from Mexico, Ecuador, and Colombia.
An unaccompanied juvenile from Mexico also was found in the group, officials said.
The migrants were medically evaluated and found in good health, officials said.
On Wednesday, agents who had received information through a previous stash house investigation found 78 migrants crammed inside a small house near Paisano Drive and Frutas Avenue in South-Central El Paso, officials said.
The migrants were from Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and El Salvador. The group included three unaccompanied juveniles from Guatemala. The migrants were found in good health.
The “smuggling facilitator” was detained and will face federal prosecution for smuggling, officials said.
Agents also raided a stash house Thursday in Horizon City where they found 18 migrants who had been smuggled into the U.S., officials said.
The migrants were from Mexico, Ecuador, Honduras, and Guatemala.