More than 100 illegal aliens were discovered living inside three small homes, one of which was padlocked from the outside and bars covered the windows.Those being held captive had no access to food or water for several days, according to court documents.Edinburg police spokesman, Lt. Oscar Treviño told The Monitor: “It was crazy. They hadn’t eaten or drank water for days,” he said. “There was no water, no light — nothing in there.”Several required hospitalization for treatment of dehydration and malnourishment.
Mexican nationals Vicente Ortiz Soto, 24, and Marcial Salas Gardunio, 24, were taken into custody and charged with conspiracy to harbor illegal immigrants.Both Ortiz and Salas have requested court-appointed lawyers.
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According to the federal complaint, Salas drove the illegal aliens from the Rio Grande to the drop houses, threatening them with beatings and even death if they did stay quite or tried to escape.