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Mexican Authorities Seize Nine Race Horses From Los Zetas

August 29, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mexican Authorities Seize Nine Race Horses From Los Zetas

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Despite a government crackdown and the arrests of its top leaders,  Los Zetas, Mexico’s most ruthless drug cartel still has an affinity with fine race horses.

According to Mexico’s attorney general’s office, nine quarter horses, along with a dozen trucks and trailers were seized during a raid in the northern state of Coahuila on Wednesday.

The raids took place at a half dozen properties in the Zetas stronghold of Coahuila city of Monclova.

The Zetas fascination with race horses has been well documented. In 2012, U.S. authorities cracked down on a Zetas scheme to take proceeds from drug sales in the United States and launder them by purchasing American quarter horses.

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Jose Trevino Morales, the older brother of the Zetas cartel’s two Jailed leaders, Miguel Angel Tevino Z40 and Omar Trevino Morales Z42, and his wife Zulema purchased a farm across from a Catholic cemetery in Oklahoma.

The Trevinos filled the open pastures just outside Oklahoma City with more than 450 of the muscular quarter horses famous for their lighting sprints, with names such as ‘Number One Cartel’ and ‘My Brother’s Secret’.

One of the horses even won a  $1 million dollar purse.

However, the horses were purchased with Zetas drug money provided by his younger brother Miguel Angel.  Jose Treviño, known as Pepe, a 48-year-old, a naturalized U.S. citizen, who spoke English well was indicted and eventually found guilty of investing $16 million of drug proceeds in the purchase, training and racing of horses.

When FBI agents arrived to take him into custody, Jose told the arresting agents: “You can pick your friends, you can’t pick your family.”

He was sentenced in September 2013, and is now serving a 20-year sentence.

His wife Zulema Treviño pleaded guilty to a money laundering conspiracy count, and his daughter Alexandra Garcia Treviño pleaded guilty to one felony count. Both were senteneced to three years probation.

Miguel Trevino was captured in Mexico in 2013 and Omar Trevino was arrested in March of this year. Both remain incarcerated in Mexico but are still wanted for extradition by U.S. authorities.

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