Man Sentenced For Buying Weapons For Drug Cartels


POSTED: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 4:23pm

UPDATED: Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 8:25am

MCALLEN- A U.S. citizen living in Reynosa has been sentenced 37 months in federal prison for purchasing a slew of weapons for a Mexican drug cartel.

According to United States Attorney José Angel Moreno, Jesus Quintanilla, 26, convicted of one count of purchasing firearms for others after pleading guilty in October 2010, was sentenced Wednesday morning by Chief United States District Judge Ricardo H. Hinojosa. Quintanilla has been in federal custody without bond since his July 2010 arrest and will remain in custody to serve his sentence.

AFT agents arrested Quintanilla last year for buying assault riffles for a person believed to be associated with Mexican drug cartels.

Quintanilla will serve his sentence without parole and be prohibited by federal law from even possessing a firearm in the future.

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