An illegal alien from Mexico who has been deported at least once before has racked up a lengthy criminal record while being allowed to slip through the cracks by several lenient judges.
This week, he was finally detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers.
Vicente Ramirez-Valadez, 46, was born in Zacatecas, Mexico, but has been living in Weslaco, Texas – a town near McAllen, and just north of the Mexico border.
According to Hidalgo County court records, Ramirez-Valadez has three drunken driving convictions, in addition to a conviction for intoxication assault, and a felony drug conviction.
The federal criminal complaint also states, “Record checks revealed the defendant was formally removed from the United States to Mexico for the first (1st) time on July 12, 2016, via the Brownsville, Texas, Port of Entry.”
Ramirez had two DUIs, one in November 2008 and another in March 2009, and got off on a suspended sentence with probation each time, by the same judge, County Court at Law Judge Arnoldo Cantu, Jr.
- Nov. 4, 2008 – Driving while intoxicated – County Court at Law Judge Arnoldo Cantu Jr. sentenced Ramirez to 30 days in jail. The judge, though, suspended the jail sentence and placed Ramirez on 180 days probation.
- March 12, 2009 – Driving while intoxicated – County Court at Law Judge Arnoldo Cantu Jr. sentenced Ramirez to 45 days in jail. The judge, though, suspended the jail sentence and placed Ramirez on probation for a year.
In 2012, Ramirez was caught with his 3rd DUI, and State District Judge Rudy Delgado gave him a suspended sentence with probation.
- May 24, 2012 – Indicted by a grand jury for intoxication assault with a vehicle and driving while intoxicated (his 3rd DUI.) During a drunken driving crash, he injured another man. He pleaded guilty on Nov. 6, 2012, and State District Judge Rudy Delgado sentenced Ramirez to 10 years in prison. The judge, though, suspended the sentence and placed Ramirez on probation for 10 years.
In 2015, Judge Delgado let him off again.
- Nov. 3, 2015 – Ramirez pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance – a state jail felony. State District Judge Rudy Delgado sentenced Ramirez to two years in prison. The judge, though, suspended the sentence and placed Ramirez on probation for five years.
More trouble came in 2017 – but this time, he didn’t get away.
- July 11, 2017 – Ramirez pleaded guilty to failure to identify. County Court at Law Judge Albert Garcia sentenced him to 58 days in jail with credit for 58 days already served. But he was not released.
Thursday, August 10, Ramierz was finally detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents at the jail, charging him with illegal re-entry.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter E. Ormsby ordered for Ramirez to be held without bond, Fox SanAntonio reported.
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