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After her latest arrest, government wants to deport Mexican woman for the 5th time

Yuliana Cardona-Cuellar, 39, a Mexican citizen who lived in Edinburg, is charged with illegal re-entry. (Photo courtesy of the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office)

After police arrested her on a marijuana charge, the government wants to deport a Mexican woman for the fifth time.

Officers booked Yuliana Cardona-Cuellar, 39, a Mexican citizen who lived in Edinburg, at the Hidalgo County jail on Dec. 2.

The Sheriff's Office released Cardona to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Wednesday.

"Record checks revealed the defendant was formally removed from the United States to Mexico for the fourth (4th) time on October 13, 2016, via the Hidalgo, Texas, Port of Entry," according to the federal criminal complaint against her, which spells her first name "Juliana."

Cardona's criminal record includes a felony conviction and four misdemeanor convictions in Hidalgo County:

  • On Dec. 13, 2005, she pleaded guilty to failure to identify, a Class B misdemeanor.
  • On March 6, 2006, she pleaded guilty to burglary of habitation, a second-degree felony.
  • On Sept. 26, 2006, she pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily injury, a Class A misdemeanor.
  • On Aug. 3, 2010, she pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated, a Class B misdemeanor.
  • On July 1, 2014, she pleaded guilty to failure to identify, a Class B misdemeanor.

Cardona is now charged with illegal re-entry.

Court records don't list an attorney for Cardona, who remains in federal custody and couldn't be reached for comment.

Prosecutors in the Southern District of Texas, which includes the Rio Grande Valley, filed 338 new immigration cases in October, according to the latest data published by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. Only the Western District of Texas had more new immigration cases.

The McAllen Division, which covers Hidalgo County and Starr County, handles a significant portion of the workload.

All three district judges at the federal courthouse in McAllen handled more than 40 new immigration offenses in October, placing them among the top 10 nationwide.

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