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IIMPACT detectives Investigate south Phoenix drop house.

4 suspected human smugglers arrested, 2 undocumented aliens arrested in drop house

Tuesday, April 13, 2010 -

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On April 12, 2010, Phoenix Police received a call from a man who stated that he had escaped from a fortified drop house that was being guarded by three heavily armed men. At approximately 11:30 p.m., Phoenix Police units responded to the address of 908 E. Durango. Police officers observed several people inside the house. They ordered the residents out as a police SWAT team cleared the residence.

IIMPACT detectives observed two rear bedroom windows were fortified with plywood to prevent escape. Additionally, the door locks were reversed to be able to lock people into the bedrooms. A female victim told investigating officers a guard had sexually assaulted her and that other guards threatened to kill her if her husband did not come up with smuggling fees. She further stated that approximately 30 undocumented immigrants had been held in the house when she initially arrived.

During the search, IIMPACT detectives recovered a .22 caliber revolver, two replicas of semi-automatic handguns, a mobile phone and a notebook with phone numbers. The suspects were booked into the 4th Avenue jail on charges of

  • Human Smuggling
  • Armed Robbery
  • Sexual Assault
  • Kidnapping
  • Weapons Misconduct
  • Extortion

IIMPACT (Illegal Immigration Prevention & Apprehension Co-op Team) is a multi-agency project managed by GIITEM of the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) that is designed to address rising crime associated with illegal immigration. IIMPACT is comprised of personnel from DPS, Phoenix Police,

ICE and the Arizona Fraudulent Identification Task Force (AFIT). As the name implies, local, state and federal police agencies combine forces to impact international human smuggling organizations operating in Arizona.


The Arizona Department of Public Safety is a state-level law enforcement agency whose mission is to protect human life and property by enforcing state laws, deterring criminal activity and providing vital support to the State of Arizona and its citizens.