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Los Zetas cartel leader found guilty in Texas federal court

July 25, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Los Zetas cartel leader found guilty in Texas federal court

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Los Zetas leader Juan Francisco “Kiko” Trevino Chavez convicted in Waco, Texas.

Juan Francisco “Kiko” Trevino Chavez, the presumed factional leader of the ultra-violent Los Zetas Cartel was convicted Tuesday by a federal jury in Waco, Texas of drug trafficking, firearms and money laundering charges.

According to the San Antonio Express, Trevino was found guilty of one count each of unlawful distribution of controlled substances, conspiracy to possess marijuana with intent to distribute, conspiracy to import marijuana, conspiracy to commit money laundering conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute, conspiracy to import cocaine, and conspiracy to possess firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking enterprise.

Each count carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

The judge said a sentencing date would be announced at a later time.

During the trial, federal prosecutors called a number of top-level cooperating witnesses, which included Jesús Enrique Rejón Aguilar, alias “Mamito,” a former Zetas founding member to testify against Trevino.

Cartel leader Jesús Enrique Rejón Aguilar provides insight on the ruthless Zetas criminal organization

Rejón, a former member of the Mexican military has been cooperating with U.S. federal prosecutors for least four years and has provided key testimony against top cartel leaders at previous trials.

“Kiko” Trevino declined a plea deal in February that would have seen his sentence capped at 30 years.

The US citizen led the cartel faction known as the Cartel Del Noreste or CDN, following the arrests of his uncles, ruthless Los Zetas leaders Miguel Angel Trevino Morales alias “Z40” and Oscar Omar Trevino Morales also known as “Z42.”

The Zetas were elite commandos first recruited from the ranks of the Mexican military’s Grupo Aeromóvil de Fuerzas Especiales to work as an enforcement wing for the Gulf Cartel.

The apprehensions of the Trevino brothers would result in a split with the crime syndicate.

At the time of “Kiko” Trevino’s September 2016 capture near Houston, the CDN was locked in a brutal turf war with the Old School Zetas, a rival faction led by several of the Zetas founding members.

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