The mercurial nature of the Zetas drug gang’s leaders was on display Friday during the San Antonio trial of accused trafficker Marciano Millan Vasquez.
C. Reyna, a low-level trafficker who coordinated marijuana loads, said her association with the father of one of her daughters and a former schoolmate who lost a drug load resulted in her being kidnapped and beaten by the cartel.
The Express-News is not using Rodriguez’s full name or that of another witness at the request of the judge and attorneys in the case who had concerns about security.
Reyna, 33, testified that her former classmate was a smuggler who worked with the father of her daughter and had reported to the Zetas that he lost a significant amount of marijuana to U.S. law enforcement. Because she admitted to knowing him, the Zetas held her responsible, she said.
In November 2012, she received a call from high-ranking cartel member Emilio “La Tripa” Villalobos Alcala letting her know she was in trouble with the cartel. Reyna, a mother of six, said she told Villalobos where she was. She didn’t have a choice.
“I had to, or they would pick up my family or something,” Reyna said.
She was taken to a rural area full of trucks and Zetas sicarios, or hit men. As she got out of the truck, Reyna said, Millan Vasquez, who she knew as “Chano,” grabbed her and pulled her to the ground.
Millan Vasquez is charged with 10 counts including drug conspiracy and killing while engaged in a drug trafficking offense. If convicted, he faces life in prison. His trial began Tuesday.
Reyna testified that after Millan Vasquez pulled her out of the truck, she was forced to face the vehicle while other cartel members hit her. She was told she owed $14,000 and was forced to spend the rest of the night riding around with Zetas sicarios trying to set up drug deals from her cell phone to pay off the debt.
The next day, those sicarios took her to a meeting with another cartel leader, David “Enano” Moyedo Siller. Before she could explain herself, one of the sicarios, G. Rodriguez, stepped forward. Unexpectedly, Reyna said, Rodriguez claimed to be her husband.
“Enano hit him with a car antenna on the head,” she said. “He said, how could he let someone hit me if I was the wife of one of the Zetas? They had to respect that relationship.”
Reyna said Rodriguez, who had recently broken out of the Piedras Negras prison, took her to his mother’s house, beginning a romantic relationship between them.