Zeta Leader Brother Reluctant in Horse-Buying Scheme
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A government witness has testified that the brother of Zetas leaders who is charged with money laundering conspiracy was at first reluctant to join an alleged horse-buying scheme.
Jose Trevino Morales's trial along with four co-defendants facing the same charge began Tuesday in Austin, Texas. Prosecutors allege Morales ran a front for the notorious Mexican cartel to launder drug money through the purchase and training of racehorses.
Government witness Mario Cuellar told jurors Tuesday that he was responsible for funneling drug money from Mexico into the United States. He says Morales eventually got involved in 2009 when he purchased a horse called "Tempting Dash."
Cuellar says one of Morales' brothers, rumored Zetas head Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, kept track of horse names and their prices.