Racehorses belonging to Mexico drug cartel Los Zetas sold at auction in US

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The Zetas drug cartel laundered millions of dollars through the buying, training and racing of horses in the United States.

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Julian Herbert

The last of the more than 400 racehorses seized during a raid on an Oklahoma ranch owned by the brother of suspected Mexican drug lords were auctioned at the weekend.

Five horses, including a quarter breed horse called Tender Dash, were sold for $3.1 million at a public auction.

The racehorses belonged to Jose Trevino Morales, who is serving a 20-year sentence for money laundering.

Morales was found guilty of investing $16 million of drug money in the buying, training and racing of horses on behalf of his brothers Miguel Angel and Oscar Omar Trevino Morales, alleged leaders of the hyper-violent Zetas drug cartel.

Miguel Angel was arrested in Mexico earlier this year. 

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents seized the horses during a raid on Morales’ sprawling property in June 2012.

US authorities raised around $12 million from the sale of the racehorses. The proceeds are being held in a special account until a decision is made on what to do with the money.