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"Modern Family" star Sofia Vergara's brother deported to Colombia

Sexiest Curves: Sofia Vergara Photo: Sofia Vergara arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala on May 2, 2011, in New York.
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Actress Sofia Vergara arrives at the ELLE Women in Television dinner in West Hollywood, Calif. on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
Actress Sofia Vergara arrives at the ELLE Women in Television dinner in West Hollywood, Calif. on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011.

(CBS) - "Modern Family" actress Sofia Vergara's real-life family apparently has more serious drama than the lighthearted comedy in which she stars.

The actress's younger brother, Julio, was deported to Colombia on May 9th after being arrested in April, according to Star Magazine.

The entertainment magazine reports Vergara has been helping Julio fight a drug addiction that, according to Miami-Dade County Court information, has led to 30 arrests in the last 10 years.

"To see somebody dying over 10 years, little by little, that's the worst punishment," Sofia, 39, recently told Parade magazine. "Now he's like another person."

Vergara moved to the U.S. from Colombia in 1994 wither her son Manolo, now 19, after divorcing her childhood sweetheart, Star reports.

Four years after she moved, Vergara's older brother, Rafael, was murdered on the streets of Bogota, the capitol  of Colombia.

After her older brother's death, Vergara says she brought Julio, along with her sister and mother, to live with her in Miami where Julio began abusing alcohol, pot, cocaine and crack, reports Star.

Local court information indicates that over the years he's been arrested for drinking in public, assault and battery, petty larceny, frequent pot possession, felony arrests for grand theft and cocaine possession, Radar Online reports.

"With so many bad things happening, it creates a tough skin," the actress told Parade: "You just have to take a deep breath and keep on going."