POSTED: Monday, April 2, 2012 - 6:09pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 8:03am
DONNA — Donna police say inside a small house there were 19 undocumented immigrants.
Donna police arrived to this home at 417 South 18th street Sunday after getting a 9-1-1 from a teen stating she needed medical attention, and she was being held against her will.
When police arrived that teen was one of more than a dozen men and woman inside the home.
"Upon making contact with the homeowner we are able to recover 19 immigrants from Mexico Guatemala, and Honduras."
Police say the home is owned by a Mexican national who was deported back Mexico awhile ago.
Police the some of the man's family was taking care of the home.
Police say the living conditions were very poor inside the home and that all 19 undocumented immigrants were kept in one room.
This is a man that's lives in the area choosing not to show his face.
"I have been in that house way back when I was younger it's a pretty small house and with no air condition that's pretty bad."
Lt. Rick Saurez says this is isn't the first time they have seen stash houses like this before in the city of Donna.
"The criminal organizations on the other side are getting more involved in human trafficking like everything else if it drugs they need a place to stash their merchandise, right now that merchandise is illegal aliens."
Border patrol says in the last couple months they have seen more of these stash houses around the Upper Valley.
"It's after the new year, people spend the holidays wit they family back in their home countries and will try to reunite with over family or friends or look for work."
Border Patrol says it's not worth staying in stash houses to trying to live in the country illegally.
"The ground investing for different viruses, its bad conditions so we tell people not to confide in smuggling because the people don't care about the well being of anybody they just care about a dollar."
As for the Donna stash house all 19 immigrants have been handed over to Border Patrol.