AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “It was squalor, absolute squalor,” he said. “Bug infestations, trash on the floor.” A .357-caliber Magnum handgun also was found in the house. The house had bars on the windows and a surveillance camera to monitor the outside, Johnston said. Authorities were not immediately able to confirm whether any of the people were being held against their will. However, Johnston said the immigrants likely were being held there until a family member could pay the smugglers’ fee – typically $3,000 to $4,000 per person. LOS ANGELES (AP) – Federal officials on Friday raided a squalid house and found 70 illegal immigrants and four suspected smugglers, authorities said. Federal agents and a sheriff’s SWAT team entered the house about 6 a.m., setting off flash-bang grenades as a diversion because there was concern that some of the immigrants were being held hostage, said Frank Johnston, an assistant special agent in charge with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Nobody was hurt in the raid in the unincorporated Willowbrook area of Los Angeles County Johnston said 70 people from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Ecuador and Mexico, including 15 to 20 women and children, were packed into the grimy one-story bungalow. Some slept 20 to a room, he said. Agents have already found a few such smuggling operations in the region this year, said Darren Dowell, an ICE supervisor. “It’s rampant,” he said. “It’s a problem all through the Los Angeles basin.” Authorities were tipped two days ago when a woman called from Albuquerque, N.M., to say she had been held at the house and believed a relative was being held hostage there, Johnston said. Authorities wouldn’t say how long the woman was held or if she had escaped. She was flown in Thursday and identified the house so immigration agents could obtain a search warrant, Johnston said. After the raid, a line of downcast-looking men were herded into a Department of Homeland Security bus for transportation to a downtown processing facility. Some indicated they had been at the house for several months and others had arrived only a day earlier, authorities said. Inside the residence, graffiti marred the walls and dirty clothes were thrown on the floors. There were two bathrooms but their bathtubs were filled with cardboard boxes. Eight rooms, each about 6-by-9 feet, were where the immigrants slept. The house may have been in operation for several months, Johnston said. Neighbor Eddie Brim, 47, said he saw nothing out of the ordinary that would lead him to believe the house was being used to keep illegal immigrants. “They were everyday people,” Brim said. “We’re all neighbors.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!