RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas (KGBT) – Border Patrol agents arrested a Mexican man near Abram on Thursday, just nine days after the federal government deported him.
Agents arrested 45-year-old Misael Tijerina-Tamez, a Mexican citizen who lived in Edinburg, on Thursday.
“Record checks revealed the Defendant was formally Deported/Excluded from the United States on May 30, 2017 through Laredo, Texas,” according to the federal criminal complaint against him.
Agents also determined Tijerina had a conviction for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana on March 31, according to the criminal complaint. He was sentenced to 34 months in prison.
It wasn’t immediately clear why Tijerina didn’t serve the full sentence.
Tijerina also had at least three criminal convictions in Hidalgo County:
- On Nov. 13, 1997, Tijerina pleaded guilty to evading arrest, a misdemeanor, according to Hidalgo County court records.
County Court at Law Judge Homero Garza sentenced him to 15 days in jail.
- On Sept. 23, 2004, Tijerina pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated, a Class B misdemeanor, according to Hidalgo County court records.
County Court at Law Judge Arnoldo Cantu Jr. sentenced him to 30 days in jail.
- On Oct. 9, 2008, Tijerina pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor, according to Hidalgo County court records.
State District Judge Thomas P. Wingate sentenced him to a year in prison, but suspended the sentence and placed Tijerina on probation for two years.
- In March 2009, a state trooper arrested Tijerina on suspicion of driving while intoxicated-second offense, a Class A misdemeanor, according to Hidalgo County court records.
The Hidalgo County District Attorney’s Office asked a judge to dismiss the case in June 2016 because Tijerina had been placed in federal custody.
Tijerina is now charged with illegal re-entry.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter E. Ormsby ordered him held without bond.
A court-appointed attorney who represents Tijerina didn’t respond to a request for comment.