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Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Immigration Officials Probe Smuggling Case

Press-Telegram - PM Updates: "Immigration officials probe smuggling case
By Jason Kandel
Staff Writer
CANOGA PARK - U.S. Immigration officials today were probing the backgrounds of two men and a woman detained during a immigrant smuggling case in which 76 people were found crammed inside a two-bedroom house.
Police found the immigrants about 9:30 p.m. Monday, sitting barefoot on the floor of the home in the 7300 block of Loma Verde Avenue.
'It was hot, smelly. The conditions were bad,' said LAPD Lt. Carlos Velez.
The 62 males and 14 females - the youngest was a 14-year-old boy - had been inside the padlocked house for two days. They survived on instant soup, chips and cookies, and water and soda, police said."

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