Login

Register | Forgot Your Password? | Close
Register | Forgot Your Password? | Close

PHOENIX -- Five people are in custody after authorities raided a suspected immigrant drop house in Phoenix.

Authorities said 12 people were found inside the home near 67th Avenue and Camelback Road when a search warrant was served early Friday.

Mesa police said they received a call about people possibly being held against their will and that led them to the Phoenix drop house.

Police said four men and one woman have been arrested, and two victims were being held against their will at the house.

The smugglers agreed to transport the victims into Arizona for a fee and then held the victims and demanded more money.

The victims' relatives contacted the police. Authorities said six pounds of heroin, one pound of cocaine and two handguns were seized in the drop house search.

Jesus German-Zapien was charged with human smuggling.

Mario Florez-Sapien was charged with possession of narcotics.

Mariantonieta Cantua Alvarado was charged with two counts of kidnapping and once count each of extortion, possession of a narcotic, possession of a firearm in a drug offense and human smuggling.

David Noe Sapien was charged with two counts of kidnapping and one count each of extortion and human smuggling.

Jose Hernandez-Padres was charged with two counts of kidnapping and once count each of extortion, human smuggling and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

Associated Press,

share this story:
Attention KTAR.com Comment Users: We have recently changed our comments boards.
We would like you to be part of the conversation and The Voice of Arizona by logging in with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing KTAR (Arizona Sports) account members will need to create a Disqus account or use one of the aforementioned social media logins. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus

World Class Arizona

  • Dignity Health

    World Class People. World Class Company. Excellent care, delivered with compassion, for all in need.
  • CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company

    SCF Arizona has a new name. They are now CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company.
  • Taylor Morrison

    World Class People. World Class Company. We are a national home builder committed to building homes inspired by you.
  • Go Daddy

    World Class People. World Class Company. Go Daddy is a Fortune 100 "Best Companies to Work For."
  • Avnet

    World Class People. World Class Company. Here's information on a Fortune 500 company from Arizona.

Voice For A Better Arizona

  • Working For Arizona

    The business and economics of Arizona at the start of 2014 and looking forward.
  • Arizonans In Need

    Putting a focus on charities and organizations who provide help and/or need your help to fulfill their missions.
close

Share: