After three days of trial, a 19-year-old was sentenced to almost 10 years of federal prison for his ties to the drug cartel.
Erick Ochoa-Rodriguez was handed a 115 month sentence followed by a four-year term of supervised release.
Evidence showed the teen had been involved in drug and gun trafficking, bulk cash smuggling and cartel violence.
Facebook posts by the teen show that he bragged about trafficking cocaine, selling firearms, recruiting drug dealers and kidnapping rival drug dealers before taking them to Mexico where they would be tortured and killed.
The 19-year-old went before U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez who said, he embraced this life as a drug trafficker.
During the trial, the government presented photos of Ochoa-Rodriguez with guns and large sums of U.S. money.
Maps and witness testimonies also showed he attempted to receive two different loads of 660 pounds marijuana along the border.
The teen was able to get away from authorities with a load in June 2012.
In October 2012 Ochoa-Rodriguez was caught after meeting a group of men along the border during a drug deal.
The teen was found through the use of canines, trackers and an aircraft.