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Alleged Zetas leader who killed at least 300 found guilty by a federal jury in Texas

MIAMI - JULY 04:  A driver who failed a field sobriety test at a DUI traffic checkpoint stands in handcuffs waiting to be processed June 4, 2007 in Miami, Florida. Several law enforcement agencies were conducting the checkpoint and conducting saturation patrols to help save lives during the 4th of July holiday. The National Safety Council has rated the  July 4th holdiay as one of most lethal holidays for drivers, with alcohol factoring into nearly half of all motor vehicle deaths.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

MIAMI - JULY 04: A driver who failed a field sobriety test at a DUI traffic checkpoint stands in handcuffs waiting to be processed June 4, 2007 in Miami, Florida. Several law enforcement agencies were conducting the checkpoint and conducting saturation patrols to help save lives during the 4th of July holiday. The National Safety Council has rated the July 4th holdiay as one of most lethal holidays for drivers, with alcohol factoring into nearly half of all motor vehicle deaths. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)  (2007 Getty Images)

An alleged regional leader of the violent Zeta drug cartel in the border city of Piedras Negras, Mexico, has been convicted of 10 drug-related counts by a federal jury in San Antonio.

The jury returned the verdict Tuesday against Marciano "Chano" Millan Vasquez. He could be sentenced to up to life imprisonment.

The San Antonio Express-News reports that witnesses testified Millan worked with other cartel leaders to bribe politicians and kill dozens of people in the Mexican border state of Coahuila to protect its drug smuggling operations into the United States. 

One witness testified Millan used an ax to dismember a 6-year-old girl in front of her horror-struck parents during a Zeta purge that left more than 300 people dead across Coahuila.

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