4 in custody at Avondale 'drop house'

AVONDALE, AZ - Authorities took four people into custody after a suspected human smuggling drop house was discovered in the west Valley on Saturday.

Chris Hegstrom with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said they got a tip a few days ago about a possible drop house in the 8400 block of W. Locust in Avondale.

Officers with the Human Trafficking Unit went to the house and when they knocked on the door three men ran out the back and one tried to run out the front.

All four were taken into custody.

Hegstrom said the house had no furniture and it was unknown how long it had been used as a drop house.

Authorities are working to determine if the men are undocumented immigrants or human smugglers.

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