Eliazar Garza and Jose Zavala were two Dallas wholesalers who helped a major drug trafficking organization move methamphetamine through an East Austin body shop to destinations across the country, prosecutors told jurors Tuesday in U.S. district court.
The elaborate network, a cell of the Mexican criminal enterprise Knights Templar, was busted by a Central Texas task force in April, netting more than 20 of its members and hundreds of thousands of dollars worth in drugs and drug proceeds. All of those defendants arrested have accepted plea agreements for drug and money laundering charges except for Garza and Zavala, who are on trial this week for one count each of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.
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