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Dozens of illegals found in Ariz. drop house

Associated Press

PHOENIX — Authorities say they have busted the third drop house for illegal immigrants found in the Phoenix area in the last few days.

Officer Robert Bailey with the Arizona Department of Public Safety says the third house was raided Monday. Authorities found 34 illegal immigrants and nine suspected smugglers.

They were tipped off by a citizen who paid a ransom to get a family member released.

Bailey says many of the immigrants from Mexico were held for up to 30 days, and some were beaten by smugglers demanding more money for their release.

Two boys, ages 13 and 15, and a woman who was two months pregnant were among those being held. No one needed medical treatment.

The alleged smugglers were arrested and the immigrants turned over to federal officials.

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