- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A Mexican man has been sentenced to 14 years in prison and must repay nearly $1.9 million for laundering drug money in South Texas.

Oscar J. Aguilar was sentenced Tuesday in Brownsville.

Aguilar last May pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit international money laundering. Aguilar, who was a legal resident of Brownsville, could face deportation after serving his federal prison term.

Prosecutors say Aguilar recruited nine people to open accounts at a Bank of America in Brownsville. Cash from drug sales was deposited into the accounts. Aguilar and his associates made withdrawals of less than $10,000 to avoid bulk money reporting requirements.

Aguilar then moved the money to Matamoros, Mexico, to a drug cartel.

The other nine people have been convicted in the case.

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