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Border Patrol finds another ‘drop house' for immigrants at apartment complex

May 24, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — For the third time in just over a week, the U.S. Border Patrol has broken up an undocumented immigrant "drop house" here.

Border Patrol agents, acting on a tip, found 28 immigrants hiding in the Fair Haven apartment complex at 444 H St. at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Border Patrol Agent Dionicio Delgado said investigators do not think there was a smuggler among those taken into custody. He said it is normal practice for smugglers to stay away from "drop houses" because of the chance of being caught.

There was no information this morning regarding to whom the apartment was rented.

The case Wednesday comes after the Border Patrol discovered two drop houses in Brawley on May 15 and 16.

The first group was taken into custody at a house at 641 Stanley Place. There were 16 immigrants found there and two cars were seized.

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On May 16, the Border Patrol found 22 immigrants at a house at 276 B St. One vehicle was seized.

Delgado said those cases were still under investigation and there was no information on the owners of the homes. He said more information could be released as the investigation continues.

Border Patrol officials are asking anyone with information on drop houses to call 1 (800) 901-2003.

Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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