Zetas boss pleads guilty to two charges

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
Ivan Velazquez Caballero, better known as "el Taliban," pleaded guilty Monday to drug trafficking conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy charges in exchange for recommendations from prosecutors that could result in a shorter sentence.

The former leader of a breakaway faction of a fearsome Mexican drug cartel has pleaded guilty to drug and money laundering charges in federal court in McAllen.

LAREDO, TX (KGNS) - A drug boss in charge of the Nuevo Laredo Plaza at the height of its violence has entered a guilty plea with the government.

It was in November that Ivan Velasquez Cabellero, known as El Taliban, was extradited from Mexico on 47 counts of conspiracy involving narcotics, kidnapping, firearms, money laundering, the murder of US citizens, and even the use of juveniles in committing crimes; all this according to court records.

The US Attorneys Office says millions of dollars in proceeds were exported from the US to Taliban and others in Mexico.

The 44-year-old led the Gulf Cartel into the Sister City back in 2004, before recruiting the Zetas as their enforcers.

His guilty plea was submitted in McAllen. His sentence is set for July 18th.


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