A 38-year-old undocumented alien from Mexico is headed to federal prison following his conviction of illegal re-entry into the country after a previous deportation. Rodolfo Casares pleaded guilty on Jan. 3, 2019.
U.S. District Judge Rolando Olvera ordered him to serve a 60-month prison term. A non-U.S. citizen, Casares is expected to face deportation proceedings following the sentence. At the hearing, additional evidence was also provided that included Casares’ prior convictions.
On Sept. 21, 2018, Custom and Border Protection agents encountered Casares as they were conducting Linewatch operations near Hidalgo. Upon investigation, law enforcement discovered he was illegally present in the United States. Casares was first deported to Mexico in October 2005 after having been convicted of possession of cocaine with intent to deliver in October 2005 and in April 2015. He also has a another conviction of illegal re-entry after having been found in the country again on May 14, 2018. Casares was last deported in August 2018.
He has been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.