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KWTX By Paul Gately 11/8/2018

A Mexican drug cartel leader was sentenced Thursday in Waco's federal court to five life prison terms plus 20 years after he was convicted here in July of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and conspiracy to interfere with commerce by extortion in a case that started with the discovery of large quantities of drugs during a raid in a local residential neighborhood.

U.S. District Judge Alia Moses sentenced Juan Francisco Trevino Chavez, who’s known as “Kiko” Trevino, 38, to serve two life terms and ordered him to pay $4 million in fines and $800 in special assessment to the court.

As she read the sentence, Moses reminded Trevino, who's considered to have been the last leader of the Los Zetas cartel before it fragmented into the Cartel del Noreste, that he'd receive no consideration in sentencing because he had refused to cooperate during the investigation.

"No cooperation, so no consideration," she said from the bench.

Prosecutor Russ Leachman said after the proceeding that the total amount of drugs intercepted in this operation could "rank as the biggest in the United States."

He also called Trevino the "biggest Zetas player ever to go to trial in the United States."

Over the course of the investigation agents accounted for millions of pounds of marijuana and significant amounts of cocaine that were smuggled over the U.S.-Mexico border, transported through Waco and on to Dallas, where it was sold, and moved on to other parts of the country.

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A few more of these might make an impression on would-be kingpins.
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