September 5, 2013
Chevo Huitron sentenced to 97 Months
Adan Farias (pled) 3 years probation
Ramirez 12 months and 1 day
Nayen copped a plea
Zulema wife of Jose received three years probation but doesn’t have to pay the $3, 600 fine due to previous forfeiture of assets
Alejandra daughter of Jose was looking at 21-27 months but ended with a two year probation
The judge accepted his Felipe Quintero’s plea agreement 3 years probation 3,600 fine
José Treviño defense attorney David Finn asserted that his client is a “genuine horseman” who was targeted by the government because of who his brothers are. “This isn’t some front,” Finn said. “It’s a legitimate, real business, built on the sweat of my client and his wife.”
José Treviño is the older brother of Miguel Treviño aka ‘40’, the recently captured premier leader of Los Zetas cartel. It was 40’s passion of horse racing that generated the horse racing based money laundering scheme that funneled 1M per month, of drug money, to purchase quarter horses. Brother Omar aka 42 is another high level leader of the cartel. José was reported being a reluctant recruit into the family business. Yet, there is no doubt how deeply he emerged and his family became involved in the scheme. The amount of evidence pulled from his home in Balch Springs alone was enough to seal his fate.
“Chevo” made his success and solid reputation as a much sought after horse trainer. He acquired the skills from his father, while the family was still living in their home town of ejido primero de mayo, in northern Coahuila, it became his passion, a passion he brought and developed in Texas, when the family migrated north. Read more on the family history on our post from yesterday.
“Chevo” Huitron, is the brother of Jesse Huitron, Jesse was the only defendant found “not guilty”. It was a great conflict of emotions for Chevo’s brother Jesse on May 9th of this year, elated for his acquittal, but grieving for his brother who was convicted. Chevo who was out on bond was immediately taken into custody. Jesse and his niece expressed their feelings of injustice, and reflected from the fact that Paul Jones and Tyler Graham, both “white” horse trainers were free of prosecution.
70-90 million. Witness Barerra from UBS one of Cessa’s financial advisors was not aware of his client’s interest in quarter horses and didn’t know any of Cessa’s money came from or went to horses.”
But then there is testimony of Jesús Enrique Rejón Aguilar aka “El Mamito” or Z-7.
Rejón spoke to the court of Pancho Colorado and his relationship with Z-14. He said, “They were compadres and Z-14 helped him with his company in Veracruz.” He was at the investigation/reorganization meeting at Colorado’s ranch after the death of Z-14. Rejón testified that he attended many match races, “maybe 80” with 40 and 42 in Mexico, and Colorado Cessa was there sometimes, too. “He bought horses for them.”
José Carlos Hinajosa was a law clerk at the Federal Attorney’s office in San Miguel Aleman, Tamaulipas, before becoming the account for Los Zetas. He testified Thursday that in 2004-2005, Francisco Colorado Cessa syphoned millions of dollars of drug money that was allocated for the horse racing operation and 12 million dollars to the PRI political party’s gubernatorial campaign in Veracruz. Though not named, the governor was Fidel Herrera Beltrán. He denies this to be fact, but the FBI suspected Francisco was giving money to Herrera.
Once the candidate won, the majority of contracts awarded for Pemex and Petróleos Mexicanos was given to ADT, Francisco’s company. Francisco was the liaison between the governor and a former Zetas leader, probably Heriberto Lazcano who is now deceased. The gubernatorial victory assured free passage for the Zetas trafficking drugs through Veracruz.
If you are trying to make it in the horse business, like Jose Trevino was, you would want Fernando Solis Garcia to find you horses. You would want Fernando Solis Garcia to be your agent. You would want Fernando Solis Garcia to train your horse.”
“In 2010 Fernando Garcia met Jose Trevino in 2010 about Mr. Piloto. He trained him in New Mexico near Riodoso beginning in July”
Solis Garcia was convicted of money laundering, using the structured deposits method. One day spending six hours driving to nine separate banks depositing payments and using his company to conceal ownership of horses by cartel members. There wasn’t an abundance of evidence against the defendant, it remains to be seen if Judge SParks sees it He broke down in sobs when the verdict was read that convicted him.
Raul Ramirez represented by Robert R. Harris
A little over a year ago, the then 20 year old Ramirez was arrested while trying to enter the United States from Mexico through the international crossroads of Fabens, Texas.