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Mexican drug cartel trafficker gets life term in US prison

November 8, 2018

This undated booking photo provided by the United States Attorney's Office shows Juan Francisco "Kiko" Trevino Chavez. Prosecutors say the 38-year-old man convicted of drug-related counts as leader of the Zetas cartel in Mexico has been sentenced to life in a U.S. prison. Trevino was sentenced Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Waco, Texas. Trevino, who's the nephew of two previous cartel bosses, was convicted in July of seven conspiracy, weapons and trafficking-related counts, including conspiracy to commit money laundering. (United States Attorney's Office via AP)

WACO, Texas (AP) — Prosecutors say a 38-year-old man convicted of drug-related counts as leader of the Zetas cartel in Mexico has been sentenced to life in a U.S. prison.

Juan Francisco “Kiko” Trevino (treh-VEEN’-yoh) Chavez was sentenced Thursday in Waco. Trevino, who’s the nephew of two previous cartel bosses, was convicted in July of seven conspiracy, weapons and trafficking-related counts, including conspiracy to commit money laundering.

He was sentenced to two consecutive life terms, plus 20 years. Trevino must also pay $4 million in fines and judgments.

Prosecutors say Trevino, who’s been jailed since his 2016 arrest near Houston, helped smuggle hundreds of tons of cocaine and marijuana through South Texas.

A judge in Del Rio, along the border, had the trial moved more than 300 miles away to Waco, in Central Texas.

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