Smuggler picks up men hiding in chicken coop

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An Hidalgo county woman is arrested for transporting illegals in the United States, some of which were held inside a chicken coop for days.

According to court documents obtained by Action 4 News, Amalia Calderon was transporting the men from a drop off location to a stash house in Sullivan City.

After receiving several tips of illegal activity going on at the home, the Border Patrol Fraud Intelligence Smuggling Terroism (FIST) team set up surveillance.

On Tuesday they spotted Calderon leaving the home in a Black Chevy Avalanche and requested back up from La Joya police.

Once officers arrived they pulled over Calderon, they spotted several people lying down in the back seat.

Agents conducted an immigration inspection where they then discovered the passengers were in the U.S. illegally.

Calderon was arrested for her involvement.

Investigators went back to check the home Calderon left, inside they found 10 others, also in the U.S. illegally.

Some of the people questioned said while waiting for Calderon to pick them up, they were forced to stay inside a chicken coop for at least two days.

One of the men stated, that there were several in the coop at once and were left without food or water.