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U.S. government seeks deportation of Mexican national for the 7th time following drug conviction

December 16, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
U.S. government seeks deportation of Mexican national for the 7th time following drug conviction

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The U.S.  government is seeking the deportation a man for the seventh time back to his native Mexico after he entered a guilty plea to drug-related charges,.

On Tuesday, 40-year-old Fernando Cepeda-Torres, a Mexican immigrant who lived in Weslaco, pleaded guilty to possessing a controlled substance and possession of marijuana, Valley Central reported.

He was sentenced to time served by Hidalgo County Court at  Judge Jaime J. Palacios.

On Wednesday, Cepeda was released to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

Fernando Cepeda-Torres, 40,  now faces with illegal re-entry charges. (Photo courtesy of the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office)

“Record checks revealed the defendant was removed from the United States to Mexico for the sixth (6th) time on August 2, 2016, via the Laredo Port of Entry,” the federal criminal complaint against him revealed.

The man has now been charged with illegally re-entering the U.S.

Prosecutors in the Southern District of Texas, which includes the Rio Grande Valley, filed 338 immigration deportation cases in October, the latest data published by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University revealed. Only the Western District of Texas had more immigration cases.

The McAllen unit, which covers Hidalgo County and Starr County, manages a significant portion of the workload.

All three judges at the federal courthouse in McAllen handled over 40 new immigration cases in October, placing them among the top 10 across the nation.

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