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

Delia Lopez-Sierra, 56, a Mexican citizen who lived in McAllen, is charged with illegal re-entry. (Photo courtesy of the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office)

The federal government wants to deport a Mexican woman for the fifth time after her latest arrest.

McAllen Police Department officers booked Delia Lopez-Sierra — a 56-year-old Mexican citizen who lived in McAllen — on marijuana and tampering with evidence charges Wednesday at the Hidalgo County jail, according to Sheriff's Office records.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers detained Lopez the next day.

"Record checks revealed the defendant was formally removed from the United States to Mexico for the fourth (4th) time on June 13, 2013 via the Harlingen, Texas Port of Entry," according to the federal criminal complaint against her.

Lopez also had theft and drug possession convictions in Hidalgo County:

  • On Sept. 22, 2008, Lopez pleaded guilty to theft, a Class B misdemeanor, according to Hidalgo County court records.

    County Court at Law Judge Rodolfo "Rudy" Gonzalez sentenced Lopez to 30 days in jail, but he suspended the sentence and placed her on probation for 120 days.

  • On April 24, 2009, Lopez pleaded guilty to possession of less than 1 gram of cocaine, a state jail felony, according to Hidalgo County court records.

    State District Judge G. Jaime Garza sentenced Lopez to three days in jail with credit for time served.

  • On April 27, 2009, Lopez pleaded guilty to theft, a Class B misdemeanor, and failure to identify, a Class B misdemeanor, according to Hidalgo County court records.

    County Court at Law Judge Rodolfo "Rudy" Gonzalez sentenced Lopez to seven days in jail with credit for time served.

  • On Jan. 20, 2012, Lopez pleaded guilty to theft, a state jail felony, according to Hidalgo County court records.

    State District Judge G. Jaime Garza sentenced Lopez to 100 days in jail with credit for time served.


Lopez is now charged with illegal re-entry.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter E. Ormsby ordered her held without bond.

An attorney who represents Lopez didn't respond to a request for comment.

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