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."