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Federal judge sentences former Zetas Cartel boss accused of mass atrocities in Mexican border state to 7 life terms

June 29, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Federal judge sentences former Zetas Cartel boss accused of mass atrocities in Mexican border state to 7 life terms John Davenport (San Antonio Express)

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Marciano Millan Vasquez, a former top operative for the Zetas Cartel, was sentenced to multiple life terms for a conviction on drug trafficking, murder, and weapons charges.

A federal district court judge in San Antonio, Texas condemned Marciano Millan Vasquez alias “El Chano” a reputed Zetas Sicario or assassin to seven consecutive life prison terms on Wednesday.

The 34-years old Millan was found guilty last July 10 counts of drug trafficking and weapons-related offenses., including killing while engaged in drug trafficking.

Marciano Millan Vasquez was sentenced to seven life terms on Wednesday (John Davenport, San Antonio Express)

The cartel operative who has remained in custody since 2015, was also convicted of murder in furtherance of a drug trafficking enterprise, The Associated Press reported.

U.S. law enforcement officials say Millan was the regional Cartel leader in the Mexican border city of Piedras Negras, Mexico, a known Zetas stronghold.

Millan played in major role in the mass atrocities in 2013 perpetrated by the Zetas which resulted in the slaughter of 300 hundred people in Coahuila.

Multiple witnesses detailed on the stand during the trial how Millan colluded with other cartel leaders committed unspeakable acts of violence, including torture, and resulting in the deaths of dozens of people to protect drug smuggling operations.

“El Chano” reportedly took part in the mass atrocities committed by the Zetas Cartel in 2013, which saw the mass murder of hundreds of people in Allende and Pedras Negras

In one instance, a witness testified how Millan forced parents to watch as he brutally dismembered their young daughter as punishment to her father before ordering the parents executed.

Moreover, witnesses detailed how Millan and his Zetas cohorts bribed corrupt local and state officials, including former Coahuila Governor Humberto Moreira.

“I want you to think about her being pinned down by grown men and her parents watching their own child have limbs being hacked from her own body … The only solace these people had was to look down maybe try to pray, and what did he do? Grab their heads and make them watch their daughter suffer,” Assistant U.S. Attorney said during closing arguments.

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