The Associated Press

DALLAS (AP) - A McKinney man accused of being a Gulf cartel leader in Texas has been sentenced to nine years in federal prison in a drug and money laundering case.

Sergio Maldonado in 2008 pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

A federal judge in Dallas on Monday sentenced Maldonado and also ordered him to forfeit $1.2 million that prosecutors say was linked to drug smuggling.

Prosecutors say the Maldonado operation smuggled thousands of kilograms of cocaine and hundreds of pounds of marijuana across the Mexican border.

Maldonado was arrested in 2007 in Laredo in a federal investigation called Operation Puma.

Information from: The Dallas Morning News,