A notorious Mexican gang assassin whose nickname is ‘cheeks’ in Spansih was found guilty in a south Texas federal court on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 for various charges involving murder, kidnapping, and drug trafficking.
According to U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson, a federal jury in Laredo returned guilty verdicts against Gerardo Castillo-Chavez, aka “Cachetes,” 25, who comes from Miguel Aleman, Tamaulips, Mexico.
Cachetes, aka Armado Garcia, “was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, interstate travel in aid of racketeering (ITAR), and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime or a crime of violence,” according to a release from the San Antonio FBI Field Office.
Mexico gang hitmen, from the infamous Zeta gang, testified about murders in Laredo, Nuevo Laredo, and Monterrey, Mexico.
The jury returned the unanimous verdict just before 7 p.m. before U.S. District Judge Micaela Alavarez and, after four-and-a-half days of trial testimony and approximately six hours of deliberation.
Castillo-Chavez and 33 others were charged last February with 47 counts of kidnapping and murdering U.S. citizens in Mexico. Cachetes makes 14 of the 33 that have been convicted and received serious sentences.
The gangs were dealing in drugs, kidnapping, firearms, and money laundering conspiracies.
They used juveniles to commit a violent crimes, including drug trafficking and money laundering.
Government witnesses “detailed cocaine and marijuana trafficking from Mexico to Dallas, Texas, and New York City,” the FBI stated.
“Murders and attempted murders committed by “sicario” (assassin) cells in Laredo” in 2006 were also revealed through testimony and telephone interceptions.
The FBI release stated the phone recordings “described in detail the gruesome murders and disposal of the bodies of two U.S. citizens kidnapped and killed in Nuevo Laredo.”
After the killings in public, Castillo-Chavez and other killers went into a local store to buy snacks and drinks.
Castillo-Chavez had ties to the Gulf Cartel and the Zetas gangs and was implicated in the double murder of two men on April 2, 2006, “the attempted murders of two others in March 2006 and in the grenade attack of a nightclub in Monterrey, Mexico, where four people were killed.”
Castillo-Chavez now faces up to life imprisonment and a $4 million fine for the drug conspiracy conviction. He also faces an additional $250,000 fines and a maximum of 20 years for other charges.