Feds Say Cartel Laundered Cash Through Horse Racing Operation. In Balch Springs of All Places

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Horse racing may be a dying sport,, but it's apparently enough of a going concern to be used by Mexico's most powerful cartel to launder millions in drug profits.

According to an indictment unsealed yesterday, Los Zetas, the notoriously ruthless organization that effectively controls large swaths of Mexican territory and does things like this, has been using proceeds from the sale of marijuana, cocaine, etc. in the U.S. to purchase, breed, and train American Quarter Horses. This wasn't so much a hobby, the feds say, as a way to pretend that large amounts of cash belonging to Los Zetas were, in fact, legitimate racing proceeds.

At the center of the operation was Jose Trevino Morales, the brother of Los Zetas leaders Miguel Angel Trevino Morales and Oscar Omar Trevino Morales (a.k.a. 40 and 42, based on their rank when the cartel originally formed), who ran a quarter horse empire from, until recently, Balch Springs.

According to the indictment, Jose Trevino Morales would purchase quarter horses that were registered under fictitious names to disguise his brothers' stake. The horses, too, were given fictitious names like Number One Cartel, because who would suspect a criminal mastermind would be so stupid as to name his horse that?

Jose and several others named in the indictment have been arrested. Miguel and Omar have not.

So while the Los Zetas continue to indiscriminately slaughter people south of the border and bring gajillions of pounds of illegal narcotics north, the feds are going after them for money laundering. Very Al Capone. Whatever sticks, I guess.

Trevino Indictment

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Government should make policies related to money exchange very hard, so that all these illegal activites can be conrolled.


Not my usual nick, again
Not my usual nick, again

It was pretty funny, actually. Sorry I was a bit harsh about it, I just felt it ended up being misleading. And no, I can't think of anything instead, except something lame about the cartel needing to launder its jockeys next when it heard the operation had been uncovered.


Oh my Lord, I'm shocked!  YEAH sure I am,  It crosses the border illegally it dies!    My opinion!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

not my usual nick
not my usual nick

"Drug Mules Were Too Slow, so Los Zetas Used Race Horses" Completely false teaser; the race horse stuff has nothing to do with transporting drugs, just with laundering the money. Or at least there's nothing about them being used for transporting drugs, in the article. I like DO, but it disgusts me when you misrepresent things in order to get people to click.

Celebrate Divershitty
Celebrate Divershitty

"in Balch Springs of all places" Celebrate Divershitty! Seriously though, why are you surprised? Is it because you are just another stereotypical naive white-guilt libtard "progressive advocacy journalist" who doesn't know shit about your subject? Balch Springs demographics from city-data: Hispanic - 45.8% White - 27.7% Black - 23.7% etc....

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