The word hallaban is the imperfect form of hallar in the third person plural.
See the full hallar conjugation

hallar

Los elementos más activos se hallaban en el frente.
Those of the most active age were at the front.
Si me hallaban culpable de ese cargo, mucho mejor.
If I was found guilty of the charge, all the better.
Y cuando hallaban una cuadra que les gustaba, volvían a ella.
And when they found a block they liked, they came back on it.
Y cuando hallaban una cuadra que les gustaba, volvían a ella.
When they found a block they liked, they came back on it.
En Nuremberg, los crímenes se hallaban en todas partes.
At Nuremberg, crimes could be found anywhere.
Los misioneros se hallaban en su elemento.
Here the missionaries found themselves in their real element.
En su tribulación, hallaban consuelo en la esperanza del regreso de su Señor.
In their tribulation they found comfort in the hope of their Lord's return.
Si hallaban el dinero, sería su fin, yo lo sabía.
I knew if you had found it, she wouldn't stand a chance.
La fuerza, el valor y la propia victoria se hallaban del lado de su Patria.
Strength, courage, and victory itself were on the side of his country.
El 16% de los becados se hallaban ya en su año final de estudios.
Of the successful applicants, 16 percent were in their final year of study.
Mientras se hallaban reparando las grietas del Templo, encontraron el libro de la ley.
While they were repairing the damages of the Temple, they found the book of the law.
Arthur siempre creyó que las respuestas a la vida se hallaban en las películas.
Arthur always believed that the best answers for life's questions could be found in the movies.
Sin embargo, se concluyó que se hallaban en la gama expuesta en el Reglamento provisional.
However, they were found to be in the range presented in the provisional Regulation.
Se hallaban en marcha varios programas conjuntos y actividades paralelas entre el PNUD y el UNIFEM.
There were a number of joint programmes and parallel activities between UNDP and UNIFEM.
Corriendo durante todo el camino, llegué al sitio donde se hallaban los demás.
I ran all the way to the place where the other men were.
Muchos abogados e integrantes de ONG se hallaban en las instalaciones en ese momento.
A large number of lawyers and members of NGOs were gathered on the premises at the time.
Al 31 de diciembre de 2001 se hallaban al 159% de su capacidad, con 17.275 internos.
On 31 December 2001, they had been at 159 per cent of capacity, with 17,275 inmates.
La UNOMIG retiró entonces a los 15 observadores que se hallaban en el valle del alto Kodori.
UNOMIG then withdrew all 15 observers that had been present in the Upper Kodori Valley.
Se hallaban en riesgo de bancarrota, y cualquier cosa que sucediera les aportaría ventajas.
They were faced with bankruptcy and anything was going to be a relief to them.
Se hallaban en la cumbre del conocimiento de su época en materia de ciencia política, filosofía y democracia.
They were at the pinnacle of their era's knowledge of political science, philosophy and democracy.
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