Police say more than two dozen people were rescued Thursday night from a Houston home placed on a human smuggling operation.
Authorities found people as police shouted that a man walking down the street had kidnapped him and kept others at home.
Officers forcibly entered the home, leaving 29 men and a woman, police commander Jonathan Holiday told reporters at the scene.
“A lot of people said they were taken to Brownsville two days to a week ago and kept them there,” Holiday said.
Most of those rescued were from Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras or Cuba, police said.
Immigration officials were at the scene and planned to investigate, Holiday said. The Homeland Security Department is involved, and the victims are cooperating with that agency, police said.
Holiday said three people were taken into custody as suspects.
Holiday said all those rescued were taken to high school and given food and clothes, some of which were donated by neighbors.
A request for comment from the DHS did not return immediately Thursday night.