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Los Zetas drug cartel boss arraigned on federal drug trafficking charges

October 3, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Los Zetas drug cartel boss arraigned on federal drug trafficking charges

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Federal prosecutors have officially charged a top boss from the ruthless Los Zetas drug cartel, who authorities arrested last week in Texas in a drug trafficking and money laundering indictment.

Juan Francisco “Comandante Kiko” Treviño appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey C. Manske in Houston Federal Court.

As JammedUp News reported, Homeland Security and ICE agents captured cartel kingpin just outside Houston on Sept. 28th

Court documents indicate the charges resulted from a wide-ranging investigation by Homeland Security Investigations into a narcotics trafficking and money laundering linked to the Los Zetas drug cartel network out of Waco, Texas.

Federal prosecutors accuse Trevino of importing multi-ton quantities of narcotics into the U.S. and laundering millions in illicit drug proceeds as the leader of the Zetas faction known as the Cartel Del Noreste or Cartel of the Northeast.

Treviño was reportedly hiding out in Texas out of fear for his life from a rival faction within the Zetas organization.

The judge ordered Treviño, who is the nephew of jailed Los Zetas boss, the ruthless Miguel Angel Treviño alias “Z40,” held in custody without bond.

According to Breitbart Texas, Treviño’s attorney Rafael De La Garza, requested a later date for the detention hearing so he could gather additional witnesses.

Federal law enforcement officials say Trevino oversaw the cartel’s operations in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, and also in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon.

Authorities in Mexico arrested Treviño back in 2012 in Monterrey, but a judge released him over what he deemed was a lack of evidence.

Treviño assumed control of the Los Zetas after the arrests of his uncles Miguel Angel Trevino Morales and his brother Omar Trevino Morales alias “Z42,” who authorities captured in March 2015.

The Trevino faction of the Los Zetas drug cartel based in Nuevo Laredo have remained under considerable threat by a violent faction made up of several of the cartel’s original founding members, known as “Vieja Escuela Z” or Old School Zetas.

Over the past year, the Old School Zetas have gone to war with the CDN for control of vital drug smuggling corridors into the United States.

The war within the Zetas, long considered to be Mexico’s most brutal drug cartel has led to a spiraling wave of violence throughout the state of Tamaulipas.

The Zetas started out as a paramilitary wing of the Gulf Cartel recruited from Mexican Army’s elite Grupo Aeromóvil de Fuerzas Especiales (GAFE) by then-boss Osiel Guillen Cardenas.

Security analysts consider the Zetas the authors of brutality within the Mexican drug landscape, who introduce a mixture of sheer violence and military tactics to defeat their rivals.

At the height of their power, authorities in the U.S. and Mexico considered Los Zetas “the most formidable death squad to have worked for organized crime in Mexican history.”

The organization has severely weakened in recent years with the loss of top leadership figures, many of whom have either been killed or captured by Mexican authorities.

Comandante Kiko Indictment by ildefonso ortiz on Scribd

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