Sofia Vergara's Brother Deported After Multiple Arrests for Pot Possession
Four years after Modern Family star Sofia Vergara immigrated to Miami from Colombia, she moved the rest of her family, including her mother, sister, and younger brother Julio, to the country. However, after nearly 30 arrests during his time in the States, Star magazine reports that Julio was deported earlier this year after being charged with marijuana possession in Miami.
"To see somebody dying over 10 years, little by little, that's the worst punishment," Vergara recently said of her troubled brother in Parade magazine. "Now he's like another person."
The star also indicated that her brother has been fighting addictions to alcohol, pot, cocaine and crack, which his arrest record backs up. Most of his nearly 30 arrests came in Miami-Dade, and charges have included drinking in public, petty larceny, assault and battery, grand theft, cocaine possession and, most frequently, marijuana possession.
In fact, Julio was once picked up three times in a single month back in February 2010 and arrested each time for marijuana-related charges.
An arrest in April of this year on marijuana possession seemed to be the last straw. Star reports he was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, and an immigration judge ultimately ordered his May 9 deportation back to Colombia.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you'll never miss Miami New Times' biggest stories.