U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement wants to deport a Mexican man with a drunken driving conviction for the fourth time.
A state trooper arrested Ezequiel Jaramillo-Hernandez, 41, of Elsa on March 24, according to the state criminal complaint against him. Jaramillo is a Mexican citizen who wasn’t legally present in the United States.
After 12 days at the Hidalgo County jail, Jaramillo pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated, a Class B misdemeanor.
County Court at Law Judge Arnoldo Cantu Jr. sentenced Jaramillo to 180 days in jail but suspended the sentence and placed him on probation for a year, according to court records.
Immigration officers detained Jaramillo the next day.
“Record checks revealed the defendant was formally removed from the United States to Mexico for the third (3rd) time on September 7, 2010 via the Laredo, Texas Port of Entry,” according to the federal criminal complaint against him.
Jaramillo apparently re-entered the United States six years later.
“The defendant claims to have illegally re-entered the United States on or about September 7, 2016 by wading the Rio Grande River at or near Laredo, Texas,” according to the criminal complaint.
He’s now charged with illegal re-entry.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Ignacio Torteya III ordered Jaramillo held without bond.
Court records don’t list an attorney for Jaramillo, who remains in federal custody and couldn’t be reached for comment.