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Posted: Jan 27, 2014 6:17 PM

Updated: Jan 27, 2014 7:01 PM

HIDALGO COUNTY - A traffic stop on the outskirts of Edinburg led authorities to a stash house in the community of San Carlos.

Authorities said they also found items commonly used by home invaders. The raid happened in a modest, quiet neighborhood on Eva Street. People who live in the area said they didn't suspect the house was used to hide illegal immigrants.

"A lot of the people think that maybe (it won't happen) in the nice neighborhoods. These people use any house. We've seen beautiful houses ... they look awesome from the outside and then when we finally hit those houses you find that there's a mess inside," said Joe Espinosa, Hidalgo County Precinct 1 chief deputy constable.

Deputy constables helped Border Patrol agents round up as many as 33 immigrants.

The men and women in the house were hungry and the house was filthy, officials said.

Authorities also found a cap with the word "police" engraved on it. Three other caps were discovered in the vehicle during the traffic stop.

The caps raise concerns, Espinosa said.

"There have been a lot of home invasions, robberies here. Most of the time, these people are wearing police logos, police stuff," he said.

Authorities also are concerned about a tattoo on one of the illegal immigrants. The man had a "Made in Mexico" emblem on his back.

"We've learned through these years and information ... that they usually affiliate it with the cartels or people in Mexico who are trying to cross these people," Espinosa said.

A Santa Muerte effigy was discovered in the house.

Authorities arrested four men suspected of running the stash house.

Topics: hidalgo county, stash, house, immigration, arrest, san carlos

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