Man linked to Mexican drug cartel sentenced to life

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SHERMAN, Texas -- A man believed to be linked to a Mexican Drug cartel was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday.

Grayson County prosecutors are calling it one of the biggest seizures of methamphetamine in this area.

"We see a lot of methamphetamine seizures in Grayson County," Assistant District Attorney Brett Smith said. "We rarely see seizures this large."

Gilberto Aguilar, 30, pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver on Tuesday.

He was given the maximum sentence for the crime, life in prison with the possibility of parole.

This past November, a Sheriff deputy spotted Aguilar's car near downtown Sherman on U.S. Highway 75 headed north in a car with an unreadable license plate. When the deputy pulled the car over, inside he found more than six pounds of meth.

"We believe he was transporting these drugs from Austin, Texas, to Wisconsin," Smith said.

Aguilar is from Mexico, and prosecutors said he entered the United States illegally in 2005 and was working for a Mexican drug cartel.

Grayson County District Attorney Joe Brown said Aguilar had an interesting story for why he was doing it. "He denied that he was really a drug dealer," Brown said. "He alleged that because of threats from Mexican drug cartels that he felt like he had to transport the narcotics."

Aguilar claimed the cartel was going to kidnap his family if he didn't do what they wanted, but prosecutors didn't buy that story. They think he's a hardened drug dealer, who carried in his wallet a picture of Jesus Malverde, known in Mexico as the patron saint of drug dealers.

Prosecutors said Aguilar will be eligible for parole in 15 years.

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