Venezuelan illegal migrant squatters arrested at NYC home with drugs and guns were previously apprehended at southern border then released – including one previously charged with attempted murder

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Written By Maya Cantina

Many of the migrants found squatting in a Bronx home filled with guns and drugs were arrested previously at the southern border and released in to the US. 

Eight migrants were hauled out of the house in the Bronx, in New York City, on March 27 and drugs, guns, endless junk, and a seven-year-old child were found inside.

Six of them were quickly cut loose on no-cash bail by a judge, while two stayed behind bars after failing to post bonds.

Homeland Security agents re-arrested three of them on Wednesday after they returned to the squatter den on Hull Avenue upon release. Four others being held by the NYPD had detainer requests lodged for them to be transferred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody. 

ICE officials have confirmed the eight were previously arrested at the border, according to Fox News Digital.  

Homeland Security agents have raided a basement in the Bronx where migrants were squatting with drugs and guns (Pictured: The home on Hull Avenue and East 207th Street in the Norwood section)

The eight arrested were Hector Desousa-Villalta, 24, Jaiver Alborno, 22, Yoessy Pino Castillo, 20, Yerbin Lozado-Munoz, 25, Yojairo Martinez, 42, Miquel Vaamondes-Barrios, 31, Jefferson Orlando Abreau, 39, and Johan Cardenas Silva, 35. 

One suspect, Miguel Gregerio Barrios, was still on the loose and wanted by federal authorities.

Hector Desousa-Villalta, 24, and Yojairo Martinez, 42, both men, were arrested in the federal raid, along with their female compatriot Yoessy Pino Castillo, 20.

Desousa-Villalta was the one who sparked the original raid last week after he was seen with a gun outside the property and witnesses called 911.

When police arrived, they found him allegedly pointing the 9mm CZ pistol at someone an alley near the house, which is over the road from a school.  Prosecutors asked he be held on $150,000 bail, but he was released without any cash bond for one more week of freedom.

Desousa-Villalta was charged with attempted murder in Yonkers on August 28 last year after he allegedly shot another migrant in the leg during an argument over a woman.

A group of eight migrants from Venezuela had been camping out in the New York basement ‘for months’

Homeland Security agents raided the home after NYPD officers arrested eight individuals at the home where the illegal activity was allegedly taking place

Homeland Security agents raided the home after NYPD officers arrested eight individuals at the home where the illegal activity was allegedly taking place

All eight were arrested on charges of of criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of a controlled substance and acting in a manner injurious to a child. (Pictured: Yoessy Pino Castillo, 20, being arrested during the raid)

All eight were arrested on charges of of criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of a controlled substance and acting in a manner injurious to a child. (Pictured: Yoessy Pino Castillo, 20, being arrested during the raid)

The home where the migrants were squatting was covered in trash

There were piles of luggage with clothes, shoes and belongings spilling out of suitcases and bags

The home where the migrants were squatting was covered in trash and luggage with clothes, shoes and belongings spilling out of suitcases and bags

However, the charges were dropped after the victim refused to testify.

‘On Aug. 28, 2023, the Yonkers Police Department arrested De Sousa for the crimes of assault-1st: intent to cause serious injury with a weapon; and murder second degree: with intent,’ an ICE statement said, according to Fox News. 

Martinez was caught by Border Patrol on September 22, 2022, near El Paso, Texas, and released into the US.

Castillo surrendered to border patrol in Brownsville, Texas, on May 6, 2023, and was also let go while her asylum case was processed.

She was arrested by the Woodbridge Police Department in New Jersey on January 6 accused of shoplifting and burglary tool manufacturing. Castillo and six other migrants face weapons and drugs charges from the same arrest. She was released without bail after that arrest

Castillo, Martinez and Desousa-Villalta are all now being held pending deportation hearings following their Bronx arrests.  

Footage from the aftermath of the raid uncovers the disgusting basement where the migrants were squatting – which was covered in clutter, luggage, trash bags and a makeshift swimming pool.

A seven-year-old child was also found on the scene, amongst the drugs and guns, although its unclear who the child’s parents are and why he was at the trashed basement.  

The inside of the basement was torn apart, with miscellaneous junk crowding the floor and suitcases carelessly tossed all over the place

The inside of the basement was torn apart, with miscellaneous junk crowding the floor and suitcases carelessly tossed all over the place 

Dramatic footage from Wednesday's raid showed the migrants being escorted out of the property in handcuffs

Dramatic footage from Wednesday’s raid showed the migrants being escorted out of the property in handcuffs

The NYPD 52nd Precinct shared a photo of the seized belongings - including weapons, ammunition and drugs

The NYPD 52nd Precinct shared a photo of the seized belongings – including weapons, ammunition and drugs 

The group of migrants had been camping out in the New York basement when police received a call about a man with a gun close to a nearby school, leading officers to the property where the illegal activity was taking place. 

When authorities obtained a search warrant – they found two more loaded guns, three loaded extended magazines, ammunition and a bag of ketamine mixed with cocaine. There was also a seven-year-old boy found in the home along with the group of migrants. 

The home where the migrants were squatting was covered in trash and luggage with clothes, shoes and belongings spilling out of bags.

The inside of the basement was torn apart, with miscellaneous junk crowding the floor and suitcases carelessly tossed all over the place. 

The illicit activity had allegedly been going on for months - right across the street from a school

The illicit activity had allegedly been going on for months – right across the street from a school

Pictured: One of the migrants being escorted from the property in handcuffs

Pictured: One of the migrants being escorted from the property in handcuffs

Hector Desousa Villata, 24, who is from Venezuela (left) and Jefferson Orlando Abreau, 39 (right) were among the six migrants released yesterday

Hector Desousa Villata, 24, who is from Venezuela (left) and Jefferson Orlando Abreau, 39 (right) were among the six migrants released yesterday

The raid initially resulted in eight arrests and police suspect that the migrants were illegally squatting in the property

The raid initially resulted in eight arrests and police suspect that the migrants were illegally squatting in the property

The entrance to the basement was cluttered with trash, including a baby's car seat and heaps of trash bags

The entrance to the basement was cluttered with trash, including a baby’s car seat and heaps of trash bags 

Police initially discovered the basement-turned-drug den when the migrant spotted just footsteps away from a school with a gun fled

Police initially discovered the basement-turned-drug den when the migrant spotted just footsteps away from a school with a gun fled

There appeared to be suitcases and bags full of belongings scattered throughout the inside and outside of the Bronx basement

There appeared to be suitcases and bags full of belongings scattered throughout the inside and outside of the Bronx basement 

A seven-year-old boy found in the home along with the group of migrants

A seven-year-old boy found in the home along with the group of migrants

A neighbor said, 'They're squatters and the owner has been trying to get them out of the apartment for the longest period of time'

A neighbor said, ‘They’re squatters and the owner has been trying to get them out of the apartment for the longest period of time’

The illicit activity had allegedly been going on for months at the home on Hull Avenue and East 207th Street in the Norwood section – right across the street from a school, according to FOX news.

A neighbor said, ‘They’re squatters and the owner has been trying to get them out of the apartment for the longest period of time.

 ‘I think he has a court date set, apparently because they’re squatters for more than 30 days. They came, they were a disruptive force mainly because there were a lot of them. You didn’t know who was staying, not staying there, and the owner of the building had a hell of a time trying to get them out,’ said neighbor Alfred Munoz to ABC7.

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