The trial against 38 -year-old Juan Francisco Trevino Chavez “Kiko” an alleged Zetas cartel member and leader began on Monday, July 16 and is on-going in Waco, Texas.
The trial was set to take place in the Del Rio Western District Court system but was moved to Waco, Texas on the request of Federal District Judge Alia Moses who is overseeing the trial. Security has been heightened and the federal courthouse in Waco has been on lockdown since day one of this trial.
Chavez is being 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: extraterritorial, 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.
The federal government alleges that Chavez trafficked different types of narcotics, as a weapons procurer, money launderer beginning from 2004 up until September 28, 2016, when he was arrested in Baytown, Tx.
The Federal indictment against Chavez alleges that the crimes were committed in the Western District of Texas, the Southern District of Texas, the Republic of Mexico, the Republic of Colombia and elsewhere.
Chávez is the nephew of former Zetas Leader Miguel Angel “Z-40” Treviño. Chavez is presumed to have moved into the premier leader position, after his uncles’ arrest.
Trevino is possibly facing up to life in prison for the crimes he is being accused of.
Chavez’s trial is expected to possibly go on for weeks.
An individual is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.