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.