Two Mexican citizens appeared in federal court to face human smuggling charges Monday following the discovery of a Phoenix drop house by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations Friday where agents detained 53 illegal aliens.
Edgar Meza-Bustamante, 23, and Cruz Gerardo Meza-Tirado, 34, both citizens of Mexico illegally present in the United States, were arrested at the drop house located at 11226 West Roma Avenue in Phoenix. HSI agents, following a tip from the Arizona Department of Public Safety, identified the possible drop house and knocked on the front door. They then gained entry after several illegal aliens attempted to flee through the back of the residence.
In addition to the two suspects, agents discovered 53 illegal aliens from Mexico, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. While the majority of the aliens are adult males, the detained aliens also included seven females and six juvenile males.