by Chivis Martinez and Havana for Borderland Beat
Ultimately Cardenas was extradited to the US where he plead guilty, as he apologized with tears streaming down his face, receiving a 25 year sentence which he is currently serving.
|Injured agent Victor Avila mourns at Zapata's casket|
Alejandro Lucio Betancourt, a former Army General staff intelligence officer, was a pilot and friend to Osiel Cárdenas. Betancourt was picked up in 2001, and agreed to becoming a mole for the government. He was given the code name "Geraldine" by the feds. It was through information given by Betancourt that in 2003 Osiel was captured at a birthday party for his daughter, after an intense shootout. Betancourt was immediately placed in the witness protection program.
Continuing with history, Rejón snarled, "It wasn't like I defected from the Gulf Cartel. I always worked for the armed branch, Los Zetas, and stayed working for Los Zetas after the split in 2010." He agreed he was given the title Z-7.
He told jurors that Miguel purchased the horse Tempting Dash, In the US from Jose Ramiro Villareal. Villareal aka “Gordo” was killed on orders of Miguel Treviño.
Rejón said Miguel did not want himself to be the registered owner of the horse; he wanted it registered in the name of his brother, Jose Treviño. His reasons were that Jose was “clean” and not involved in drug trafficking.
At one point Rejón was asked if
he knew Banda MonoCodo…no answer. Then almost at the end of the prosecution's redirect, Assistant
District attorney Gardner asked Rejón how much was Banda El Recodo fee to play.
The last remark on District Attorney's Gardner's redirect was, "Santeria doesn't justify killing people...” It was met by silence and Judge Sparks excused the witness.
Tyler Graham, 29, was the next to sit in the witness chair, he's been manager/agent of Southwest Stallion Station for 7 years. It's a large, well respected stable in Elgin, Texas and a long established leader in breeding quarter horses.
The breeding farm and stable was started by the witness' grandfather, Dr. Charles Graham. Dr.Graham is also a co-owner of the famous horse auction house, Heritage Place, "Where Champions Are Sold," and Graham sits on the SSS board. He grew up around the horse racing industry all his life and there isn't much he doesn't know about the business.
Graham knew all about Tempting Dash and had been following her progress since Ramiro Villareal had purchased her originally for $25,000, back when she was named Huesos. Chevo Huitron had trained horses for Graham and told him about other Futurities Tempting Dash had won in Mexico.
She said she knew Jesus had a ranch with horses but that was all. "He lived and breathed homebuilding.
|Displaying a flat affect during the interview, he then smiles when thinking of his mother|
Rejón: Jesús Enrique Rejón Aguilar, aka El Mamito or El Caballero