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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Plano, Texas: Witnesses Described Defendant’s Participation in the 2011 Allende Massacre, Where Over 100 Men, Women, and Children Were Slaughtered by the Zetas Cartel

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat

Witnesses Described Defendant’s Participation in the 2011 Allende Massacre, Where Over 100 Men, Women, and Children Were Slaughtered by the Zetas Cartel.

A Mexican national and high-ranking member of the Los Zetas cartel received a life sentence for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Nicholas J. Ganjei today.

Hugo Cesar Roman-Chavarria, also known as “El Vecino,” pleaded guilty on August 23, 2019, to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine and was sentenced to a term of life imprisonment by U.S. District Judge Sean Jordan today.

“The mill of justice grinds slowly, but it grinds finely,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Nicholas J. Ganjei.  “Since the time of Mr. Chavarria’s criminal indictment nearly a decade ago, we and our dedicated law enforcement partners have never stopped trying to bring him into the United States, and, more particularly, our courts, to answer for his crimes.  

That day has finally arrived.  Mr. Chavarria believed he was operating beyond the reach of the American justice system, but his lengthy sentence shows how mistaken he was.  His criminal career now at a close, Mr. Chavarria will no longer be able to import poison into the United States or fuel violence back in Mexico.

“This lengthy sentence is the culmination of years of collaborative investigations with our trusted law enforcement partners, sending a resounding message that HSI will be relentless in its pursuit of criminals who bring illegal drugs in our communities and they will be brought to justice,” said Ryan S. Spradlin, Special Agent in Charge, HSI Dallas. “

The conclusion of this significant operation with this criminal behind bars is a victory against organizations moving dangerous drugs in and across our borders.”

“Transnational Criminal Organizations like Los Zetas are fueled by greed, intimidation, and violence,” said DEA Dallas Special Agent in Charge Eduardo A. Chavez.  “Mr. Chavarria’s sentence today reflects that justice wins in the end and the positive impact DEA’s efforts can make on communities not just here in North Texas, but across the country.  

A kilogram of cocaine seized in Dallas is one less kilogram available for a gang to fight over in Chicago or to be offered to one of our youth in Philadelphia.  It matters and DEA Dallas will remain steadfast in destroying command elements of these criminal organizations across the globe.”

Over the course of a three-day sentencing hearing in August and September 2021, the district court heard from 13 witnesses for the government, including other high-ranking Zeta members, who, like Chavarria, had been extradited to the United States to face charges.  

According to court testimony, from 2007 through 2011, Chavarria oversaw the shipment of enormous quantities of cocaine between Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico, and Eagle Pass, Texas on behalf of the Los Zetas Cartel, in which he was a high-ranking member.  The Zetas were notorious for their brutality, even by cartel standards.  

The Zetas ruthlessly carried out beheadings, hangings, torture, kidnappings, and even boiling or burning people alive, in order to intimidate and demoralize enemies and innocent civilians.

A particularly shocking act of brutality was the 2011 massacre of men, women, and children in the Mexican town of Allende, just 40 minutes from Eagle Pass.  The Zetas’ mass killing of town residents was in retaliation for the suspected leaking of information to law enforcement by an individual whose relatives lived in Allende. 

Numerous witnesses described how Chavarria participated in the massacre by traveling around Allende with Zetas gunmen, pointing out the homes of relatives and associates of the suspected leaker, effectively marking these people and their families for death.  

After the Zetas finished their mass killing, they loaded the bodies into a barn and incinerated the building.  A definitive conclusion has never been reached as to the number of men, women, and children who lost their lives, but the total is believed to be at least 100, and possibly up to 300.

Chavarria also led a separate drug trafficking and money laundering operation, which operated with the permission and protection of the Zetas Cartel.  Along with a partner, Chavarria imported 500 kilograms of cocaine into the United States every month.  

This cocaine was primarily destined for distribution in Texas cities and towns.  Bulk currency, in turn, was smuggled from the United States back to Chavarria in Mexico by secreting the cash in washers, dryers, refrigerators, and automobile gas tanks.  

Chavarria also acquired bulk firearms and military equipment from the United States on behalf of the Zetas, for use in the Cartel’s violent struggles against other drug trafficking organizations.

Chavarria and 17 other individuals were indicted by a federal grand jury on Sep. 15, 2011.  They were charged with drug trafficking and money laundering violations.  Chavarria was extradited from Mexico to the United States on Nov. 30, 2018 and has been detained since that time.

The investigation and prosecution of Chavarria and his organization comes as part of “Operation Too Legit to Quit,” an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. 

Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at  To date, the overall operation has resulted in charges against approximately 160 defendants in 28 indictments and the seizure of close to 700 kilograms of cocaine as well as more than $9 million in cash and other assets.

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration-Dallas with assistance from DEA-Bogota, DEA-Cartagena, FBI, ATF, Texas Department of Public Safety, Dallas County Sheriff’s Office, Ellis County Sheriff’s Office, Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office, Mesquite Police Department, Fort Worth Police Department, Rowlett Police Department, and Lewisville Police Department.  

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ernest Gonzalez and Colleen Bloss.


  1. Excellent 👍 catch on this inhumane criminal. Mencho will have the same date when caught. In the meantime he hides in caves.

    1. Why does everyone think that pasale Al grullo or tonaya El vato como que nada pasa Todo ESTA pagado si quieres saber mas no mas preguntame tienen que pasar por El Pueblito del Puerto son nomas 7 casas aqui see Miran todos so no SABES mejor callate

    2. Exactly. Mencho along with most narcos do not live it caves until the time comes where they really after that ass. Mencho patrols freely in certain areas of jalisco. Grullo tonaya casimiro castillo villa Purificacion amongst many others but weirdos will say otherwise.

    3. Buahhhhaahah por donde se la pasa? Pegado a cual ranchito tambien tengo familia por hay

  2. But, but, giniral Cienpedos...?
    Let's not be happy and content with this flagrant abuse of the criminal cartel's waterboys, and remember the US and their Kaibiles trained the zetas and many of their superiors in their own School of the Americas franchises.

    1. But SIR why do you wear pink underwear?

    2. 9:28 that is an easy one ass licker
      your raspy tongue

    3. 9:28 the DEA also fed information to their mexican cop partners that they knew were working with the zetas and the CIA got DEA agent Kiki Camarena murdered in Mexico to stop him from doing his job and for meddling in their drug traffic to the US through Mèxico and contras and weapons moves.
      Mophakas even lost the contra war against Daniel Ortega and he is still Presidente of Nicaragua after more than 40 years...

    4. Is it true you wear pink underwear? In Arizona, warden Pyle would make all the prisoners wear pink underwear. And sleep outside vin tents.

    5. Lol at SIR, I can picture you in pink underwear, might as well wear a tu ty too, and dance around.

  3. So i want to give a HUGE shout-out since I'm a BORDERLANDBEAT " nut hugger ".

    To Sol aka THE MACHINE, and the lovely HEARST. Also i wanted to say that you guys should Collab more cause I've seen some articles with both of you working together. And ITS FIRE;!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Rubio Nyc

    1. Offer some input to the article dude.

    2. I agree with Rubio. Sol and Hearst are A-1. Much thanks to you guys. You guys are appreciated

  4. 1 of the worst stories i ever read(and not sure if its even true) was the bus that was stopped where they made the men on the bus “fight to the desth” to get a job with the cartel if you happened to win..
    The women were led elsewhere and ill never repeat what i read happened to them- shit still gives me nightmares and i have a good tolerance for this horrid shit

  5. Unless this guy goes to Supermax, there really is no justice… plus what the HELL is going on with 40 and his brother, who have been “sitting” in a Mexican jail for almost a decade now… with to this day, zero talks of an extradition.

    I’m not trying to defend one side of the other, but Chapo was whisked away to an American court and Supermax prison in no time, while these guys more than likely have the finest meals day and night, all whilst being able to raise their kids in peace (under military protection).

    For those thinking the Trevinos are finished, are ignoring and/or oblivious to many disturbing factz…

  6. Operation too legit to quit? Lol was that before or after operation " Cant touch this" what about operation " please dont hurt em hammer?" Lol


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