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Former Mexican drug cartel leader gets life in prison in Waco courtroom

KCEN-TV Waco-Temple-Bryan logo KCEN-TV Waco-Temple-Bryan 11/8/2018 Jim Hice

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A former member of the Los Zetas drug trafficking organization in Mexico received two life sentences plus 20 years in prison Thursday in a Waco federal court.

Juan Francisco, "Kiko" Trevino Chavez was convicted in July on multiple different drug related charges and conspiracy to commit money laundering, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Evidence presented at the trial, showed Trevino participated in the trafficking of more than 250,000 kilos of cocaine, hundreds of thousands of kilos of marijuana and hundreds of firearms, according to the press release.

"As a result of the consistent and exceptional efforts of U.S. law enforcement working together with our international law enforcement partners, a very significant drug trafficker from Mexico has been brought to justice," said Drug Enforcement Agency Special Agent in Charge Will Glaspy. "The Kiko Trevino sentencing serves as an example that there are no borders when it comes to prosecuting international drug traffickers."

According to the press release, Trevino was a member of the Los Zetas from 2004 to September 2016.

The organization split into two factions after his uncles were arrested and Trevino took over as the leader of the Cartel Del Noreste giving him control of all the drug and firearm trafficking, enforcement and money laundering operations, according to the press release.

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