Posted: Saturday, January 25, 2014 9:43 pm

By KAYLEIGH SOMMER Valley Morning Star

SAN BENITO — Eighteen illegal immigrants are in United States Border Patrol custody after they were found in an illegal stash house on the outskirts of San Benito, authorities said.

U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, the Cameron County Sheriffs Department and Border Patrol agents raided a home Thursday afternoon located on the 2800 block of Calle Maguey where the 18 illegal immigrants had been living, authorities said.

According to U.S. Border Patrol Rio Grande Valley sector spokesman Danny Tirado, the raid was part of an ongoing investigation.

The immigrants are made up of Mexican and Honduran nationalities. Tirado said the group could not be broken down by age or gender at this time.

He also said it is hard to say exactly where they are now because all of them are at different stages of being processed.

All 18 immigrants are currently in border patrol custody while they are being processed, he said.

Tirado said two possible smugglers are being held in custody.

Names are not being disclosed regarding the illegal immigrants or the potential smugglers at this time. The government agencies will continue to investigate the case.