Border Patrol agents arrest Mexican smuggler near McAllen

Arturo Aguirre-Llanas, 48, 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 smuggler Thursday near McAllen.

Agents arrested Arturo Aguirre-Llanas, 48, a Mexican citizen who lived in Pharr.

The federal government deported Aguirre during January after he served a federal prison sentence for transporting aliens for financial gain.

"The Defendant claims to have illegally entered the United States on March 25, 2017, near Hidalgo, Texas," according to the federal criminal complaint against him.

Aguirre is charged with illegal re-entry.

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

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

Prosecutors in the Southern District of Texas, which includes the Rio Grande Valley, handled 403 new immigration offenses in August — more immigration offenses 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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