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Eagle Pass man pleads guilty to cash smuggling scheme

Former Maverick County Commissioner Rodolfo Heredia named co-defendant

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An Eagle Pass man faces up to five years in federal prison after pleading guilty to aiding and abetting a bulk cash smuggling scheme that involved a former Maverick County Commissioner.

Jose Luis Aguilar, 62, admitted that on Jan. 4, 2011, he and another man brought a total of $13,000 from Mexico through the Eagle Pass Port of Entry without declaring it to federal authorities.

Aguilar also admitted that the money was the proceeds from selling a Ford truck owned by former Maverick County Precinct 2 Commissioner Rodolfo Heredia to individuals associated with the Los Zetas Cartel in Piedras Negras, Mexico, according to an Department of Justice press release.

The release stated Heredia did not want Aguilar to declare the money when he entered the United States so he sent Gelacio to assist Aguilar in transporting the money from Mexico.

Aguilar has been in custody since October 2012. His sentencing has yet to be scheduled. Heredia has not confessed to anything and is set to go to trial in May.


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