Skip to comments.Zeta hit man details killings on both sides of border
Posted on 01/24/2012 3:46:44 PM PST by SwinneySwitch
LAREDO A former hit man for the Zetas cartel calmly related to jurors his role in killings on both sides of the border, testifying Monday in the drug conspiracy trial of a man prosecutors say was also a hired killer.
From the witness stand in U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez's courtroom here, Rosalio Reta pointed to Gerardo Castillo Chavez, 25, and identified him as a fellow Zeta.
Pressing his fingertips together and speaking in a slow, soft voice, Reta, 22, told jurors that he had been in a team of hit men headed by Gabriel Cardona, an admitted Zeta who has pleaded guilty to five murders that occurred here in 2005 and 2006.
Reta said he was the triggerman in the second murder, killing Moises Garcia, a member of the Mexican Mafia prison gang, in December 2005.
We just waited for him to come out and as soon as he came out, we blocked the way and I got down and killed him, Reta said.
Reta, a U.S. citizen, received national media attention after the teenager was deported from Mexico in 2006 at age 17. He's known for his distinctive facial tattoos and boasts that he became a killer when he was 13 years old.
Prosecutors say Castillo Chavez was also a sicario, or hit man, in a crew that worked with Cardona's group, gunning down two people at a busy Laredo intersection in April 2006.
He faces up to life in prison if convicted on firearms and racketeering charges and a wide-ranging drug conspiracy charge that has allowed prosecutors to present evidence about nearly a decade's worth of the Zetas' operations.
Reta said that he fled to Mexico after two murders in Texas, for which he's now serving 70 years in prison, and worked with Castillo Chavez, who he knew by the nickname Cachetes. In May 2006, Reta testified, the two were in a team dispatched to El Punto Vivo, a nightclub in a suburb of Monterrey, Mexico.
Chema (another hit man) and Cachetes went into the bar, Reta said. They shot, they threw some grenades and they killed four people there.
Afterward, he said, the squad went to a convenience store for snacks and drinks. Prosecutors played video from a security camera showing Reta and three others, including a heavy-set man they said was Castillo Chavez, making purchases.
Jurors also heard from Laredo police detective Robert Garcia, who testified that he linked the sicarios using phone records.
The big break came when a Drug Enforcement Administration informant was tasked by the Zetas with renting a safe house for Cardona's crew. Garcia said he worked with the feds to thwart the Zetas' attempted hits and to gather evidence.
Defense attorneys questioned why someone who had shown great care to hide after killings in the U.S. would so brazenly hang out at a convenience store, even microwave popcorn, after committing a high-profile killing in Mexico.
In Mexico, the cartels run everything, Reta said. So it doesn't matter if you get caught on video. We are the law over there.
We invaded the wrong country in 2003.....
THanks for this extremely important article. I doubt if the MSM other than the LA Times, will carry this.
Thanks, but Swinney Switch posted the article.
In Mexico, the cartels run everything, Reta----a US citizen--- said. We are the law over there........he fled to Mexico after two murders in Texas......a wide-ranging drug conspiracy charge has allowed prosecutors to present evidence about nearly a decade's worth of the Zetas' operations.
I guess nobody in Texas cared about the Zetas activities there...../s
Janet Incompetano announced: “The system worked!”
The operative word here is "we". This soldado is still a Zeta otherwise he would have said "They" are the law over there.
My wife broke down in tears when hearing this because they almost always die and the body is never found; and when dead bodies are found there are signs of long term torture before death.
Back where my wife is from around Morellia, they speak in whispers because at any time they may come for you.
This got bad because the Federales took away all the locals guns allowing cartel thugs to come in with their guns and control everything.
Freedom to carry arms is the right to keep a country free. Mexico is an example of what happens when the population can't bare arms.
In Mexico, the cartels run everything, Reta said.
lol! And we're to believe they're not running anything in the USA also?
There is a reason why the Hildebeast went to Mexico and blamed the drug violence there on America. Other than being a traitorous wretch, that is.
LOL! That is small corn compared to this site ( look in the archives):