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Arizona Department of Public Safety IIMPACT (Illegal Immigration Prevention and Apprehension Co-op Team) announces long prison sentence handed down to former "drop house" guard

Drop House "guard" sentenced to long prison term

Thursday, October 07, 2010 -

On Tuesday, October 5, 2010, Francisco Alcala was sentenced to 10.5 years in state prison for his role as a “drop house” guard back in March of this year. On March 4, 2010, Phoenix Police responded to a call indicating 30 to 40 people were being held against their will at 3853 N. 88th Lane in Phoenix.

Officers found nine males and one female within the house. IIMPACT detectives responded, completed a search warrant and determined the victims and one suspect (Alcala) were all undocumented aliens. A Jimenez .380 and a Smith and Wesson 40 caliber hand gun were seized. There were two rooms where the victims were held with windows fortified with plywood and reversed door locks.

Victims told IIMPACT detectives they had been held at the house for a week to ten days. One victim said she had been transferred from another house. Several victims were forced to make ransom calls. There were items in the house very similar to those found in another drop house located in February. The undocumented immigrants were processed and turned over to ICE.

The one suspect, Francisco Alcala, was booked for kidnapping, theft of extortion, misconduct involving weapons and armed robbery.