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Mexican National Sent to Prison...Again...for Illegal Presence the U.S.

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Texas

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – A 41-year-old man from Matamoros, Mexico, has been ordered to federal prison for illegal re-entry into the country, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Ciro Garcia-Herrera pleaded guilty in October 2018. 

He had previously been ordered to serve 30 months after another conviction for the same offense in October 2015. 

Today, U.S. District Judge Fernando Rodriguez ordered him to serve 30 months in federal prison on the current case. The court also revoked his supervised release term for the previous offense, adding another 21 months, 10 of which are to run consecutively for a total 40-month term of imprisonment. 

At the hearing, the court also heard he had actually been previously convicted of the same offense on five additional occasions and received varying sentences that dated back to 2005 . Each time, he was ordered not to return but repeatedly did so anyway.

On this latest incident, authorities who were investigating a report of undocumented aliens found Garcia-Herrera July 11, 2018, at a residence in Brownsville. Upon investigation, law enforcement learned he had been deported in January 2018 and ordered not to return to the United States. 

Garcia-Herrera has been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future. 

Customs and Border Protection - Field Intelligence Team East conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Oscar Ponce is prosecuting the case. 

Updated May 21, 2019