U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have detained a 47-year-old Mexican man ” a burglar with three first-degree felony convictions ” and charged him with illegally crossing the border a sixth time.
Agents picked up Arturo Olague-Martinez on Thursday at the Hidalgo County jail, according to federal court records.
The defendant claims to have illegally re-entered the United States on or about Aug. 17, 2015, by wading across the Rio Grande river at or near Laredo, Texas, according to the criminal complaint against him.
Hidalgo County court records show Olague has been charged with 11 offenses since December 1985, including:
On Aug. 22, 1986, Olague received probation for burglary of habitation, a first-degree felony.
On June 15, 1988 ” while still on probation for the 1986 burglary ” a grand jury indicted Olague on another burglary of habitation charge.
State District Judge Mario E. Ramirez Jr. sentenced Olague to five years in prison on each count to be served concurrently.
In July 1994, another grand jury indicted Olague for burglary of habitation as a repeat offender, burglary of a building and burglary of a vehicle.
Olague pleaded guilty to burglary of habitation as a repeat offender, a first-degree felony, and state District Judge Fidencio M. Guerra Jr. sentenced him to 15 years in prison. The remaining two charges were dismissed.
After serving the state prison sentence, the federal government deported Olague. He returned to the United States.
On July 26, 2012, U.S. District Judge Kenneth M. Hoyt sentenced Olague to 42 months in federal prison for illegal re-entry by a previously deported felon after an aggravated felony conviction, according to federal court records.
He was deported through Del Rio on Nov. 7, 2014.
Federal agents encountered him again less than a year later at the Hidalgo County jail.
At 11:50 p.m. on Aug. 28, jailers booked Olague for theft of property, according to records provided by the Hidalgo County Sheriff TMs office.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents took him into federal custody.