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EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A West Texas man was been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to conspiring to sell military-style assault rifles to Mexican drug cartels.

Julio Adrian Pesqueira-Galaviz  also admitted to serving as a straw purchaser for weapons.

When he entered his guilty plea June 26, the 25-year-old defendant admitted to purchasing semi-automatic firearms like AK-47′s at El Paso sporting goods and gun stores. The purpose was to arm the Sinaloa drug cartel.

Pesqueira-Galaviz is the first of 11 defendants charged in the case to be sentenced in this indictment. U.S. District Judge Frank Montalvo of El Paso gave him the maximum sentence.

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