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By Adrees Latif HOUSTON (Reuters) – Police responding to reports of a kidnapping said Friday they had found more than 90 people crammed into a two-story home in suburban Houston and suspected it was being used in an operation. of people smuggling. The 90 victims, all but five of them men, were taken from the home and given food and water, said Daryn Edwards, deputy chief of the Houston Police Department. “Basically (they were) there in their basic clothes and everything, all huddled. That’s what we saw when we walked in,” he said. No children were found among them. At least several of the people showed symptoms of COVID-19 infection, including fever and a lack of taste or smell, Edward said. The victims told police they had not eaten recently. The victims received personal protective equipment and boarded white buses. It was not immediately clear where they were being taken. Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were seen at the home along with local police and firefighters. Edwards said no arrests had been made in the case as of Friday afternoon and declined to provide further details, citing the ongoing investigation.