Fed Judge to Sentence Zetas Members in Horse Deals 9/5/13
AUSTIN, Texas - A federal judge is set to sentence five members of the
Zetas cartel for laundering drug money through horse racing.
Among the five men appearing in court on Thursday is Jose Trevino Morales, a
brother to two of the Mexican gang's top leaders.
A jury found the men guilty of intent or conspiracy to commit money
laundering. They face 20 years in prison.
Prosecutors said the men ran a scheme that went through $16 million in 30
months to buy, train and race horses. The operation created fake companies and
sometimes fixed races.
Federal agents said horse owners, trainers and others crafted bank deposits
to mask the drug money being used to fund the operation.
The trial was held in Austin because federal authorities in Central Texas
prosecuted the case.