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How a vicious drug cartel hid under a farm

How A Vicious Drug Cartel Hid Under A Farm

Federal investigators say one of Mexico's most dangerous drug cartels went through great lengths to hide their bad business behind a horse farm in Oklahoma.

Jose Trevino Morales was sentenced to 20 years in prison last year after he was caught laundering more than $16 million of drug money in the horse racing business across the Southwest.

During the trial, prosecutors said the money-laundering operation created fake companies and fixed races. Several people involved also created bank deposits to cover the drug money being used to fund it.

Authorities caught on when his business boomed, while the rest of the industry struggled financially. They also got a little unexpected help...

Morales is a US citizen and he had a clean record before the incident. But his family wasn't known for the same. His brothers, Miguel and Oscar (also known as "40" and "42") are believed to have lead the Los Zetas cartel - the biggest criminal group in Mexico.

A writer for NBC says one of the brothers changed some of the horses names to "Number One Cartel"... "My Brother's Secret" and "Forty Force." Shocking how the authorities picked up on that one ...

Nineteen people were indicted in the case. So far, only 10 have been convicted.

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etinamax June 15 2014 at 7:17 PM

More important, what happened to the horses?

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chuck June 15 2014 at 9:43 PM

make drug dealing, smugling and all the rest a death penelty and fry some of them and see how many want to deal in drugs after that.

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napa422 June 15 2014 at 7:08 PM

is this where HOLDER lives???

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Howard and Lynn June 15 2014 at 7:26 PM

WOW! How dumb can you get naming horses!. Why not name one " Money Laundry" or "Drug Dollars"? How about "Farm Fakeout" or "DEA Dumbass Partners"? Who said it's not illegal to be stupid!

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usci1 Howard and Lynn June 15 2014 at 8:00 PM

Legal stupidity is more fun! The media puts so much of it out there that one can die laughing! GBA!

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mike Howard and Lynn June 16 2014 at 11:22 AM

well, they are mexicants!

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jimormarylosc June 15 2014 at 7:34 PM

16 million in twenty years laundered in horse racing. that's nothing, 16 mil in twenty years. somebdy's pocketing a whole bunch of millions someplace. somebody got some splanin to do.

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orion15stars jimormarylosc June 15 2014 at 10:26 PM

Try reading the sentence again. He got 20 years for laundering more than $16M in a very short period of time. That's just the money he was caught laundering. That isn't the total money he laundered over the years. Tracks take in multiple millions a day, and far more than $16M are laundered every day just in the US.

"Jose Trevino Morales was sentenced to 20 years in prison last year after he was caught laundering more than $16 million of drug money in the horse racing business across the Southwest."

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sulandherb June 15 2014 at 9:25 PM

but more importantly....are the horsses OK?

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rjen164497 June 15 2014 at 8:56 PM

Wow the FBI is investigating horses. They have failed at investigating important things. The once repected FBI, is now religated to shoveling horse ****. No capibale of investigating the IRS, or the VA hospitals, or any thing important. F-feebag B-bag I- investigations.

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orion15stars rjen164497 June 15 2014 at 10:22 PM

Some people need to take a remedial reading comprehension class. People use the horses to smuggle enormous qualities of illegal drugs internationally.

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lrsk2000 orion15stars June 16 2014 at 1:41 AM

Since you mentioned remedial reading comprehension, please point out where in the article it says the horses were used for smuggling drugs?

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lrsk2000 rjen164497 June 16 2014 at 1:42 AM

So money laundering and drug cartels are not important to go after for the FBI?

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Jenny June 15 2014 at 7:18 PM

Great job Law enforcement catching on to these no good drug cartels. They thought they could get away with this, God sees evil. And he hates evil and now your your busted! Try taking up an honest profession you crooks!

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usci1 June 15 2014 at 7:57 PM

Redefines the meaning of 'horse sense' to 'horse cents'.

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geoflying June 15 2014 at 7:26 PM

Don't want any competition.

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gdl4974 geoflying June 16 2014 at 12:59 AM


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philsun73 gdl4974 June 16 2014 at 9:00 AM

Yeah but gambling at the track is legal because the guvmint collects on taxed winnings big time.

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