After marijuana conviction, government wants to deport Mission man for the 5th time

Jose Martin Hernandez-Gonzalez, 30, a Mexican citizen who lived in Mission, is charged with illegal re-entry. (Photo courtesy of the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office)

After he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor marijuana charge, the government wants to deport a Mission man for the fifth time.

Jose Martin Hernandez-Gonzalez, 30, a Mexican citizen who lived in Mission, pleaded guilty to possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor, on Tuesday.

County Court at Law Judge Federico "Fred" Garza Jr. sentenced him to time served.

Hernandez had previous convictions for possession of marijuana and assault, according to Hidalgo County court records.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detained Hernandez at the jail on Wednesday.

"Record checks revealed the defendant was formally removed from the United States to Mexico for the fourth (4th) time on February 25, 2012, via the Del Rio, Texas Port of Entry," according to the federal criminal complaint against him.

He's now charged with illegal re-entry.

Federal court records don't list an attorney for Hernandez, who remains in 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 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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