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Increased security for upcoming Los Zetas trial requested by San Antonio federal judge

July 3, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Increased security for upcoming Los Zetas trial requested by San Antonio federal judge

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A case involving a ruthless cartel operative has prompted a federal judge to request that US Marshals Service adds additional personnel over security concerns ahead of opening arguments of a trial scheduled to start this week.

Mexican national Marciano Vasquez, a reputed member of the Los Zetas drug cartel, will stand trial for a 10-count indictment on charges of drug trafficking, murder, and kidnapping.

Judge Xavier Rodriguez’s fears were proven warranted after a man was arrested, recording part of a pre-trial hearing for Millan Vasquez, by the Department of Homeland Security, a clear violation of federal law.

Officials expect a full house for the start of opening arguments on Tuesday.

Under normal circumstances, cell phones would be allowed in federal court, but this will not be in this case because the charges involve a ruthless criminal organization known for carrying out incredible acts of violence, prompting law enforcement officials to heighten security for this trial, US Marshals spokesperson Chris Bozeman said.

Former special agent-in-charge in San Antonio for the Dept. of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Jerry Robinette told News4 San Antonio that he doesn’t believe something would happen on U.S. soil.

“I’ve always said what separates both sides of the border is the ability of law enforcement to do their job here,” Robinette said.

He explained that attempting an act of violence during a trial on U.S. soil would not only have a legal effect on the Zetas but would also affect the cartel’s business.

“The consequence of doing something stupid like that is contrary to good business. These organizations are in the business of making money,” the former federal agent added.

Prosecutors are expected to present evidence detailing gruesome murders committed in the Mexican city of Piedras Negras during the reign of terror of Los Zetas.

Justice Department prosecutors accuse Millan Vasquez of leading a regional Zetas faction, who “shot, decapitated and incinerated bodies” as part of a drug conspiracy.

Attorneys for the alleged cartel leader staunchly deny the allegations and claim their client is a rancher who was forced to flee his homeland for the U.S. after he was falsely accused, beaten and imprisoned by authorities in Mexico.

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