DiCiccio: Man in Ahwatukee investigated for human smuggling

Investigation into renter in upscale Ahwatukee neighborhood, no charges have been filed.

AHWATUKEE, Ariz. - The U.S. Postal Service and Phoenix police S.W.A.T. raided an upscale Ahwatukee home Tuesday morning.

There were conflicting reports surrounding the nature of the raid. Councilmember Sal DiCiccio insisted authorities were investigating human smuggling at the house. However, no other agency would corroborate DiCiccio's claims.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Virginia, the Phoenix police and the homeowner said that human smuggling was not part of the investigation.

No charges have been officially filed, according to a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney's office. 

A spokesman for the Phoenix Police Department said they were assisting in the raid because the Postal Inspectors didn't have the manpower to search the house.

Video of the raid showed about 6-10 children leaving the house with authorities. 

Witnesses said a man who was renting the house was operating a nationwide scam.

The owner of the house and a neighbor said the renter was being investigated for mail fraud. A neighbor also said that postal inspectors used his house to spy on the house.

"A month ago, the postal service came by and rang our doorbell and said, 'We would like to set up a surveillance camera on a car in your driveway,'" the neighbor, who did not want to be identified, said. "I go, 'Why?' ... 'You really don't want to know.'"

Postal Service had the home under surveillance for over a month. The homeowner said the investigation started when the tenant didn't pay rent.

Copyright 2016 KPNX


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