Officers received a search warrant to enter the home after following a kidnapping advice Thursday night, Houston Police Assistant Chief Darin Edwards told a news conference Friday.
There were more than 90 people inside.
“They were all huddled together, divided between two rooms, dressed in basic clothes and not tied up,” Edwards said. “It was a big surprise when we went into the house and saw what we saw.
“It’s definitely something smuggling, rather than something trafficking.”
The youngest person found in the home was in his early 20s, according to Edwards. All but five are men, he said.
Because some people had Covid-19-like symptoms, including loss of taste and smell, the group was kept at home and would have quick tests.
Authorities brought them food and water because they said they had not eaten for some time.
National Security Investigations (HSI) will investigate smuggling.
There is no information on who owns the home or who may have introduced the group, according to Edwards. Neighbors did not report suspicious activity and police did not report the abduction call that led to the discovery.
“We always ask the community if you see something say something … we all need to work together,” Edwards said. “It’s not something we see often, but it’s disturbing,” he added.