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Middleman between Cartels and Mexican politicans sent to prison

Middleman between Cartels and Mexican politicans sent to prison
Posted March 31st, 2014 @ 3:23pm

A San Antonio man, who pled guilty to filtering millions of dollars between several drug cartels and Mexican politicians, has been sentenced to two and a half years in federal prison.

Antonio Pena-Arguelles said little at today's federal court hearing.  Outside, his attorney Gerry Goldstein gave a single quote.

"Mr. Pena and his council are very satisfied with the outcome," he told 1200 WOAI's Michael Board

He faced up to 30-years on the charge of money laundering, but was given a sentence at the low end of the guidelines thanks to what the federal judge classified as a significant amount of forfeitures.  Pena-Arguelles owned a home in the Champion's Ridge subdivision as well as a condo in the Carlyle.

According to the criminal complaint, Federal drug agents found out Pena-Arguelles "conspired to launder narcotics proceeds acquired from the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas."  One confidential source described him as a "conduit between Mexican politicians, in particular Tomas Yarrington, and Zeta members Miguel Trevino-Morales and Herberto Lozcano."

Yarrington is the former governor of Tamaulipas who ran unsuccessfully for the President of Mexico. Trevino-Morales, known as Z-40, is the former head of the Zetas.  He was arrested last year.  Lozcano, known as Z-3, was also a former Zeta leader before he was killed in a shootout with the Mexican Navy.

In an intercepted text message, Trevino-Morales railed at Pena-Arguelles for taking $5 million of the Zetas money.

"There will not be a safe place for you," it read.  "So good luck."

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