Big Spring, Texas, Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Felony Cocaine Charge
Law Enforcement Seized Cocaine and More Than $78,000 in Drug Trafficking Proceeds During Execution of Search Warrant
LUBBOCK, Texas — Gabriel Aguilar, 35, of Big Spring, Texas, pleaded guilty yesterday before U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to an Information charging one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas. Aguilar faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison and a $1 million fine. Judge Cummings ordered a presentence investigation report with a sentencing date to be set after the completion of that report. Aguilar remains on bond.
According to documents filed in the case, officers with the Big Spring Police Department executed a search warrant at Aguilar’s residence on December 13, 2011. During the search, Aguilar advised officers that there was approximately 15-19 ounces of cocaine in the house, along with $60,000 in his closet. He stated that he had been selling cocaine for the past year to supplement his salary, but that he was down to his last “bird” or kilogram of cocaine.
In the residence, officers located approximately 2.49 pounds of cocaine in kitchen cabinets and Aguilar’s bedroom closet. A part of that amount was contained in 82 pre-measured, plastic bags that each contained seven grams of cocaine. In addition, officers located drug paraphernalia, such as plastic bags and digital scales, a 9mm semi-automatic pistol and $78,319 in cash that was concealed in clothing in Aguilar’s closet.
The case is being investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Big Spring Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin T. Cunningham is in charge of the prosecution.
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