News – “Man who stole $1.2 million in fajitas sentenced to 50 years in prison”

usatoday.com – A former Texas juvenile center employee who confessed to stealing $1.2 million in fajitas received a 50-year prison sentence last week.

Officers last summer found fajitas in the fridge of Gilberto Escamilla, a then-employee of the Cameron County Juvenile Justice Department who later admitted to stealing and reselling the marinated meat over years. 

“It was selfish. It started small and got bigger and out of control,” Escamilla said during his testimony, according to the Brownsville Herald. “It got to the point where I couldn’t control it anymore.”

An 800-pound fajita delivery sparked confusion last summer when it arrived at the juvenile center in San Benito, about 10 miles north of the Mexico border. That’s because the center didn’t serve fajitas. 

Escamilla, the employee who usually received such orders, had taken the day off. A trail of invoices and vouchers eventually led investigators to Escamilla, totaling a theft of $1,251,578.

Cameron County Assistant District Attorney Peter Gilman asked for the 50-year sentencing to send “a strong message,” the newspaper reported. The visiting state district judge, J. Manuel Banales, made it so.


This is another one of those articles where I have just have soooooo many damn questions. My man really thought he was the Walter White of Mexican food , wow. Also…this line right here is a doozy..

An 800-pound fajita delivery sparked confusion last summer when it arrived at the juvenile center in San Benito

AN 800 POUND FAJITA DELIVERY?! Come on Gilberto, ANNNDDD you had the day off?? Dude if you’re going to illegally sling delicious fajitas do it right…clearly got greedy. Imagine when other people ask him how much time he has and he says 50 years…their just assuming murder or something horrific…nah man I was the Fajita Kingpin.

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