2 labeled as suspects in raid that turned up 28 people in mobile home

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Two people were identified by police as suspects after they raided a Southeast Austin mobile home on Tuesday after receiving a tip from a confidential informant about a suspected ‘stash house.’

Inside the home in the 5400 block of Freidrich Lane authorities found 28 people. It is believed they all entered the country illegally and are from Central America, Austin police said.

Everyone inside the mobile home was detained and interviewed by police detectives before being transported to a U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement facility downtown.

Based on their interviews with the people inside the home, police said none of the 28 were victims and there was no indication that human trafficking had occurred.

Two of the 28, along with four material witnesses, were placed into the custody of U.S. Marshals while the case is being investigated. They face potential federal smuggling charges.

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