Mexican gets prison in Texas drug, ammo case

April 26, 2012 5:56:49 AM PDT
A man from Mexico has been sentenced to more than 24 years in prison in a Texas drug and ammunition smuggling case.

Prosecutors in McAllen on Wednesday announced the penalty for 31-year-old Edgar Daniel Zapata.

Zapata last September pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 6 tons of marijuana and about 145 pounds of cocaine. Zapata pleaded guilty to conspiracy to export 1,800 rounds of ammunition from the U.S. into Mexico.

A federal judge in South Texas sentenced him to 20 years in the ammo case, to run concurrently with the drug-related prison term.

Prosecutors say the investigation began in early 2011 with a tip to McAllen police and a raid on two residences.

Zapata's hometown in Mexico was not immediately released.