A group of 10 suspected illegal migrants have been arrested for allegedly possessing child pornography at a Texas house.

Homeland Security told Fox News Digital the house was utilized as a “stash house for human smuggling activities.”

The 10 suspects, reportedly from Asia and Guatemala, were taken into custody Thursday morning following a search of the house near Houston.


Fox News reports:

Once inside, police discovered 10 people who the CCSO said are believed to be in the U.S. illegally. A Homeland Security spokesperson tells Fox News Digital that the immigration status of the 10 has yet to be determined.

Police also seized several electronic devices from the premises; however, the contents of these devices remain unconfirmed, Fox 26 reports. Restaurant supplies were also found.

The search was prompted following a tip from the Internet Crimes Against Children database, suggesting that child pornography may have been downloaded at this location.

“Those types of downloads are illegal and are heavily monitored,” CCSO Captain Bryan Baker told Fox 26. “We’re just not going to tolerate that in our county.”

The CCSO on Thursday posted photos of the suspects sitting down in handcuffs outside the residence with their faces obscured.


From The National Desk:

The residents, who were Asian and Guatemalan, refused to answer deputies’ requests to open the door, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Officers then purportedly entered through force.

Detectives are continuing the investigation to determine whether human trafficking or smuggling has been committed. The Department of Homeland Security has assisted with the investigation and processed the residents, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested nearly 14,000 people in the Houston region during the 2023 fiscal year, with roughly 600 of them registered as Guatemalan citizens.

Last month, ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Boston apprehended a 33-year-old Guatemalan national on charges of child rape, as well as indecent assault and battery of a minor under 14 years old. The arrest came nearly two months after ICE ERO Seattle apprehended six noncitizens for child exploitation crimes.

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