BROWNSVILLE, Texas – A 38-year-old illegal alien
from Mexico is headed to federal prison following his conviction of illegal
re-entry into the country after a previous deportation, announced U.S. Attorney
Ryan K. Patrick. Rodolfo Casares pleaded guilty Jan. 3, 2019.
Today, U.S. District Judge Rolando Olvera ordered him to
serve a 60-month term of imprisonment. Not a 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 (CBP)
agents encountered Casares as they were conducting Linewatch operations near
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.
CBP conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney
David Coronado is prosecuting the case.