Drug dealer with infant child wanted probation, got prison instead

Eliseo Esquivel. (Jail photo)
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BELTON, Texas (KWTX) A Belton man with an infant son who pleaded guilty to a drug charge after authorities found about a pound of cocaine in his home asked a judge for probation Tuesday, but got a 28-year prison sentence instead.

Eliseo Esquivel, 31, was arrested in May after authorities executed a search warrant at his home stemming from an investigation of “large scale distribution of cocaine,” according to a police affidavit.

Officers recovered 455 grams of cocaine, a loaded handgun, digital scales and “a large amount of United States currency,” the affidavit said.

Esquivel was indicted as a repeat offender for intent to deliver a controlled substance of 400 grams or more.

He was arrested in 2009 for possession of marijuana and in 2012 for possession of methamphetamine and was on probation at the time of his arrest.

He pleaded guilty to the intent to deliver charge and during a sentencing hearing Tuesday he, his wife, his brother and a friend all pleaded for leniency.

Esquivel asked for probation, saying he had “a 7-month-old child to take care of.”