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Sioux City woman charged with human smuggling set to plead guilty

SIOUX CITY (KTIV) – A Sioux City woman charged, along with her husband, with smuggling immigrants into the United States from Guatemala is set to plead guilty in federal court.

Amy Francisco and her husband Cristobal Francisco-Nicolas are accused of helping to smuggle citizens from Guatemala into the United States and hiding them illegally in their Sioux City home.


According to federal court documents, Amy Francisco is scheduled to plead guilty at 3:30 p.m. on November 26 in Sioux City. She previously pleaded not guilty in August to two counts of encouraging an alien to come to or enter the U.S. in violation of the law, and one count of unlawful possession of identification documents.

Her trial was scheduled to begin on December 2. Her husband’s trial is scheduled to begin in January.

Court documents say, on June 19, Sioux City Police executed a search warrant at the couple’s home on Hamilton Boulevard.

People at that home also were interviewed by police.

One of the people told police the couple have helped approximately 10 family members and friends, who have traveled to the U.S. from Guatemala.

The couple was arrested on July 10, at the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego.

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Blake Branch

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