Eagle Pass man pleads guilty to smuggling cash

March 28, 2013 5:54:04 AM PDT
A South Texas man has pleaded guilty to smuggling cash for a county commissioner facing trial on bribery and money laundering charges.

Prosecutors in Del Rio say Jose Luis Aguilar of Eagle Pass pleaded guilty Wednesday to aiding and abetting bulk cash smuggling. Co-defendant David Gelacio earlier pleaded guilty to the same charge.

Both await sentencing involving $13,000 in undeclared cash they split and then transported across the Mexican border for Maverick County Commissioner Rodolfo "Rudy" Heredia. Prosecutors say Heredia sold a truck in Mexico to individuals associated with a drug cartel.

Any funds of more than $10,000 must be declared when crossing into the U.S.

Heredia was indicted last year in the money laundering case. He was indicted in January on bribery counts in a county bid-rigging investigation.

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