Security high for accused cartel leader


Increased security was in place at the federal courthouse in Waco for the trial of an accused former Zetas cartel member.

Visiting judge Alia Moses was set to hear the trial of Juan Francisco Trevino Chavez, Jr, also known as Kiko.

Judge Moses, who is from Del Rio, had asked that the trial be moved to Waco.

Chavez is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute at least 1,000 kilograms of marijuana, conspiracy to import with intent to distribute a controlled substance ( Marijuana) and also indicted on charges of unlawful distribution of controlled substances: extra territorial, Conspiracy to possess a controlled substance with intent to distribute ( cocaine) Conspiracy to import with intent to distribute a controlled substance ( cocaine), conspiracy to possess firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking and money laundering conspiracy. 

He could face up to life in prison.

The federal indictment includes a short history of the Los Zetas cartel and alleges that Juan Francisco Trevino-Chavez, also known as “Kiko” worked for them trafficking multiple types of drugs, as a weapons procurer, money launderer and as a leader in the Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico area.

The indictment states that the alleged activity took place beginning on or about January 1,2004 and continuing until on or about September 28, 2016 in the Western District of Texas, the Southern District of Texas, the Republic of Mexico, the Republic of Colombia and elsewhere.

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