A Mexican national who had been deported three times by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), was sentenced to 11 years in prison. Manuel Borja-Vega, 35, was sentenced in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas on July 23 to 132 months in prison for illegally re-entering the United States after being deported.
ICE and the local Sheriffs Office conducting research on Borja-Vega uncovered eight separate aliases tied to the same person. He used the following aliases to commit crimes to avoid detection by law enforcement: Carlos Ortega, Miguel Gomez-Boria, Bertin Aveja-Granados, Samuel Vega, Andres M. Orrostieta, Mauel Borja-Vega, Nau Berduzco-Pena and Navor Reynosa-Vega.
Borja-Vega was arrested on Aug. 19, 2009, for driving while intoxicated with a child passenger. An examination of records conducted by officers revealed an extensive criminal history on Borja-Vega starting in 1994. His past convictions include: four separate convictions for driving while intoxicated; unlawfully carrying a weapon; terroristic threats; evading arrest and detention; assault causing bodily injury; transporting illegal aliens; and four separate convictions for unlawfully entering the U.S. after being deported.
Anyone who re-enters the United States after being formally deported commits a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.