The Wasington Post

LOS ANGELES — Three Mexican men held dozens of illegal immigrants in a squalid “drop house” in South Los Angeles, where one woman was raped and others say they were threatened with sexual assault, authorities said Friday.

Jose Teul, 23, Daniel Pena, 18, and Saul Mendez, 35, were charged with harboring illegal immigrants at the two-story home that immigration agents raided Wednesday, said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Virginia Kice.

The three were arrested along with 57 immigrants, including teenagers and toddlers, from Central and South America, Kice said. It wasn’t immediately clear where the three was being held or if they had attorneys.

Kice said that an agent involved in the raid described conditions in the house as “utter squalor with trash and food piled up two to three feet high inside.”

Inside the home agents found a pistol and a stun gun that the men allegedly used to threaten the immigrants, said Kice.

According to an affidavit ICE filed in the case, Pena repeatedly raped a woman who had been at the house since last summer. The woman, now seven months pregnant, said Pena threatened her with a gun.

Several other female immigrants said Pena and Teul tried to rape them, relenting only when the women’s young children began to cry, according to the affidavit.

The harboring charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. The sentence will be harsher if the defendants are found to have committed sexual assault or brandished weapons during the crime, said Kice.

Drop houses are commonly used to hold illegal immigrants until they are transported to their ultimate destination.

6 Responses to “Mexicans Arrested at Filthy ‘Drop House’ in LA Charged”
  1. joNo Gravatar says:

    more b*llsh*t! send them all back immediately, but they will get a pass to say here as they were “abused” in this country. 57 against 3 when in fact somebody had to sleep sometime. this is such B*LLSH*T!

  2. joNo Gravatar says:

    these people went to work and this was nothing more then a crash pad. not that they were imprisoned. what utter crap! i was born at night, but not last night!

  3. MatthewNo Gravatar says:

    Good for them. That is what they deserve. With shit like this going on every day here in America, they are only forcing Americans to live in squaller and in their own lawlessness and muck. No sympathy at all for the modern day immigrant!

    Chain them up and make them walk back to their home country. These same immigrants are directly affecting American households and our children’s future. They are the enemy troops of the enemy corporations here in the U.S.

  4. George says:

    You took the words right out of my mouth Matthew.and that opregant woman should be sipped back asp so the rug rat she is carring cant not be misconscrewed as an American.No I did’nt mis spell misconscrewed I spelt it Just the way I wanted it spelt.

  5. melodyNo Gravatar says:

    This could be a bogus story because it’s interesting they would stop an attack just because of children crying. Do they really care that a child is crying?

  6. phenix montgomery says:

    The harboring charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. The sentence will be harsher if the defendants are found to have committed sexual assault or brandished weapons during the crime, said Kice.

    What a joke, what about kid napping charges, the all should get at least a 100 years a piece just for kid napping so many people, and those who were kid napped should be deported

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