Guatemalan Woman Pleads Guilty After Human Smuggling Discovered in Muleshoe

LUBBOCK  -- Lidia Gomez-Yucute, 47, of Guatemala pleaded guilty Monday in Lubbock for her part of a human smuggling conspiracy.  Specifically Gomez-Yucute pleaded guilty to misprision of a felony which means she knew somebody was breaking the law and she did not report it.  

Her co-defendant  Ricardo Suar-Gonzales, 30, of Guatemala pleaded guilty in early July to a felony charge of “harboring illegal aliens.”  He faces up to 10 years in prison.  Gomez-Yucute will be sentenced later to no more than three years.  

In April, Muleshoe Police received an anonymous phone call that people were locked in a storm cellar at a residence in the 200 block of West Avenue E.  Police found three men locked in a small storm cellar at that location.  According to court records they had not paid their smuggling fee so Suar-Gonzales locked them up. 

Gomez-Yucute admitted Monday that she not only knew what was going on but she also participated by feeding the men who were kept locked up. 

Related Story: Man Admits Locking People in Muleshoe Cellar When Smuggling Fee Not Paid 

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