Sunday, January 15, 2012
Shining the light into the dark corners
Laredo trial offers window into Zetas
Laredo court to hear evidence concerning 2006 double homicide
By Jason Buch - Express-News
Federal prosecutors are expected to lay bare the inner workings of the Zetas drug-trafficking organization as they try to secure a conviction against an accused cartel hit man during a trial this week in Laredo.
Gerardo Castillo Chavez, 25, is charged in the 2006 double homicide of Jesus Maria “Chuy” Resendez, 36, and his 15-year-old nephew Mariano Resendez, who were gunned down while stopped at a traffic light on a Laredo highway. He was also accused of taking part in attempted hits on family members of Resendez, who was a powerful trafficker in the area. His attorneys say the feds have the wrong guy.
But the case Castillo Chavez is charged in goes far beyond a well-publicized spate of homicides, including the Resendez hit, committed by the Zetas in 2005 and 2006.