U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement wants to deport a Mexican man with three drunken driving convictions for the fifth time.
Officers detained Luis Enrique Villarreal-Arevalo, 43, a Mexican citizen who lived in Donna, at the Hidalgo County jail on Saturday.
“Records checks revealed the defendant was formally removed from the United States to Mexico for the fourth (4th) time on June 6, 2016, via the Laredo, Texas, Port of Entry,” according to the federal criminal complaint against him.
Villarreal also committed at least five misdemeanor and three felony offenses in Hidalgo County:
- On March 19, 2002, Villarreal was convicted on two counts of driving while intoxicated, a Class B misdemeanor, according to Hidalgo County court records.
- On March 4, 2003, Villareal was convicted of driving while intoxicated-third offense or more, a third-degree felony, according to Hidalgo County court records.
- On March 4, 2008, Villarreal pleaded no contest to indecent exposure, a Class B misdemeanor.
County Court at Law Judge Rodolfo “Rudy” Gonzalez sentenced him to one year probation.
- On May 19, 2009, Villarreal pleaded guilty to evading arrest or detention, a Class B misdemeanor.
County Court at Law Judge Rodolfo “Rudy” Gonzalez sentenced him to 180 days in jail, but the judge suspended the sentence and placed Villarreal on probation for two years.
- On Aug. 31, 2009, Villarreal pleaded guilty to possession of 50 to 2,000 pounds of marijuana, a second-degree felony.
State District Judge Israel Ramon Jr. sentenced him to 10 years in prison, but the judge suspended the sentence and placed Villarreal on probation for 10 years.
- On Sept. 22, 2011, Villarreal pleaded guilty to burglary of habitation, a second-degree felony.
State District Judge Alex W. Gabert sentenced Villarreal to two years in prison.
- On Sept. 26, 2011, Villarreal pleaded guilty to possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana, a Class Be misdemeanor.
County Court at Law Judge Rodolfo “Rudy” Gonzalez sentenced him to 121 days in jail.
Villarreal is now charged with illegal re-entry.
An attorney who represents Villarreal didn’t respond to a request for comment.
Prosecutors in the Southern District of Texas, which includes the Rio Grande Valley, handled 403 new immigration offenses in August — more immigration offenses than any other federal judicial district nationwide, according to the latest data published by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University.
The McAllen Division, which covers Hidalgo County and Starr County, handles a significant portion of the workload.
All three district judges at the federal courthouse in McAllen handled more than 50 new immigration offenses in August, placing them among the top 10 nationwide.