HOUSTON – More than 90 people were found inside a home in southwest Houston, and Houston police say they suspect human smuggling.
The home is in the 12200 block of Chessington Drive at South Kensington Drive.
Police say several of the 91 found inside the residence likely have COVID-19. According to police, some have fever and loss of smell. The health department is headed to the home and they will perform rapid tests. As of 1:45p.m., no one has been brought out of the home and police have not been able to separate victims from potential suspects.
Out of the 91 people found inside the house, five are female and the rest are male. None are children and the oldest is in the late 30s.
It is a two-story house. The 91 people were spread out upstairs and downstairs. They were huddled together and told police that they haven’t eaten in a while.
Police and Houston firefighters are providing them with food, water and medical attention.
Police say they received a tip last night about a possible kidnapping. All night officers worked to find the location of the victim. Police obtained a search warrant and tactical/SWAT members entered the home and found it was a human smuggling event.
“When we got into the house we realized there were over 90 people inside. We immediately began to assess any threats and render medical care,” said Houston Police Assistant Chief Daryn Edwards said. “It was very surprising.”