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Border Patrol agents arrest Mexican man with 5 prior immigration convictions

Adiel Concepcion-Vasquez, 35, a Mexican citizen who lived in Pharr, is charged with illegal re-entry. (Photo courtesy of the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office)

Border Patrol agents arrested a Mexican man near San Juan on Monday — his sixth immigration arrest.

Agents arrested Adiel Concepcion-Vasquez, 35, a Mexican citizen who lived in Pharr, on Monday.

"The Defendant claims to have illegally entered the United States on May 10, 2016, near Hidalgo, Texas," according to the federal criminal complaint against him.

Concepcion had five prior immigration convictions, according to the criminal complaint. He's now charged with illegal re-entry.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Dorina Ramos ordered him held without bond.

Court records don't list an attorney for Concepcion, 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, handled 403 new immigration offenses in August — more than any other federal judicial district nationwide, according to the latest data published by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University.

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 50 new immigration offenses in August, placing them among the top 10 nationwide.

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