U.S. authorities arrested the brother of Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, the second in command of Los Zetas, who ran a ranch horse racing in Oklahoma in which washed billion, The New York Times.
The brothers settled in U.S. Trevino a successful business breeding thoroughbred horses, called Tremor Enterprise, which allowed them to launder money obtained through drug trafficking, according to reports of police officers obtained by the NYT.
With the money from Miguel Angel Trevino, aka Z-40, his brother Joseph bought a ranch in Oklahoma and about 300 stallions and mares, and in just a period of 3 years did win three of the most important races in the U.S., winning about 2.5 million dollars in prizes.
The Justice Department on Tuesday made a raid on the ranch in Oklahoma, involving helicopters and hundreds of agents, making the capture of Jose Trevino and several of his collaborators, who are expected to be indicted soon.
According to EU authorities, this network of Los Zetas earmarked about one million dollars a month to buy racehorses in the United States.
The authorities were alerted about the cartel’s activities on U.S. soil in January 2010 when they were informed that Los Zetas a day paid a million dollars for two mares for breeding.
Agents said that horse racing is one of the favorite pastimes of Miguel Angel Trevino, and although always in constant motion, he manages to handle several ranches and racetracks in Mexico and Guatemala where organized races “parejeras “