BRAWLEY — The U.S. Border Patrol's anti-smuggling unit, acting on information from the Brawley Police Department, broke up a "drop house" here Sunday used to hide illegal immigrants.
It was the fourth drop house found here in recent weeks.
Thirty-one undocumented immigrants, 30 men and a woman, were taken into custody at the house at 134 1/2 B St.
U.S. Border Patrol Agent Arturo Sandoval said agents did not find a smuggler in the house and the immigrants reported they had been left in the house for a full day without food or water.
Sandoval said despite that the group members were in good condition.
Prior to Sunday's action, agents had found 28 immigrants hiding in the Fair Haven apartment complex at 444 H St. in Brawley on May 24.
Border Patrol Agent Dionicio Delgado said officials did not think there was a smuggler among those taken into custody.
He had said it is normal for smugglers to stay away from the "drop houses" because of the chance of being caught.