Not the first, second or third, but the 24th time proved the charm for U.S. authorities.
Efrain Delgado-Rosales was sentenced last week to five years in prison for smuggling four non-U.S. citizens into the United States.
He was caught by Border Patrol in October, marking the 24th time Delgado-Rosales had been apprehended by the agency since July 1999, according to officials.
The other times he was nabbed, he was not charged.
He was processed and deported to Mexico, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexandra Foster, where Delgado-Rosales is a citizen.
Only once, out of the 24 times, was he apprehended alone. All the other times, he was caught with other undocumented individuals.
In 2003, he was apprehended at a Los Angeles house with 61 other undocumented immigrants, according to officials.