Houston police responding to reports of a kidnapping Friday discovered more than 90 people crammed into a suburban home in what is suspected to be a human smuggling operation.
The assistant chief of the Houston Police Department said the 90 victims, all but about five of them men, were found "in their basic clothing.... all huddled together."
They were then removed from the house and given food and water.
Several of the people showed symptoms of COVID-19, including fever and lack of taste or smell.
The victims told police they had not eaten recently.
They were issued personal protective gear and put onto white busses.
It was not immediately clear where they were being taken.
Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were seen at the house along with local police and firefighters.
The assistant police chief said no arrests had been made in the case as of Friday afternoon and declined to offer further details, citing the ongoing investigation.