Closing arguments begin in Texas horse ranch trial
Closing arguments begin in Texas horse ranch trial, defendants allegedly helped launder money
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Closing arguments have started in the case against five men charged with using an Oklahoma race horse breeding operation to launder cartel drug money.
Defense lawyers were giving their closing statements Wednesday afternoon in federal court in Austin. Prosecutors were set to give their rebuttal later Wednesday.
Investigators say the case centers on Jose Trevino Morales, who's a brother of two reputed Zeta leaders in Mexico.
The defendants are charged with money laundering conspiracy related to operations of a horse ranch near Lexington, Okla. Prosecutors say ranch operators went through $16 million in horse-related expenses in 30 months.
An attorney for Jose Trevino Morales has said prosecutors wrongly targeted his client due to the alleged illegal actions of his brothers — Miguel Angel Trevino Morales and Oscar Omar Trevino Morales.
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