Crime

Two Payette sisters face federal charges of conspiring to bring undocumented aliens into the U.S.

Two Payette sisters, indicted by a federal grand jury in Texas for conspiracy to bring undocumented aliens into the United States, have been arrested and made their first court appearances in Boise, the Idaho U.S. attorney's office reported Monday.

The indictment alleges that Erika Jasmine Acosta, 27, and Xochitl Ann Prado, 35, accepted at least $12,500 payment to transport an undocumented person from Mexico into the United States through the San Ysidro port of entry in Californai, where a co-conspirator provided transportation from California to Texas. As part of the indictment, the government seeks forfeiture of the money they allegedly were paid.

The sisters were arrested April 2 by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations with the assistance of local police.

Acosta was placed under the supervision of pretrial services by the court and ordered to appear April 16 in federal court in El Paso, Texas. Prado was released April 3 on her own recognizance.

The case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas.

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