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Illegal immigrant who oversaw abuse at 'drop house' gets 20 years

An illegal immigrant from Guatemala who directed a "drop house" where other immigrants were abused with cattle prods and other electrical devices was sentenced Monday to 20 years in federal prison, authorities said.

Pedro Marcos-Marcos, 29, managed a Lancaster home where prosecutors alleged that illegal immigrants were held against their will and kept in boarded-up rooms without clothing or blankets. He pleaded guilty in October 2010 to two counts of harboring illegal immigrants and one count of conspiracy to harbor illegal immigrants, the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles said.

Marcos-Marcos also managed a San Bernardino house where a woman was raped when her relatives did not pay a smuggling fee, according to a police report cited by the U.S. attorney's office.

Marcos-Marcos was convicted in 2004 for harboring illegal immigrants in Arizona.

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