Ruidoso Downs Racetrack Catean in money laundering investigation of Zetas
FBI agents raided the premises of the Racetrack and Casino in Ruidoso Downs, federal sources confirmed that they dismantled a network of money laundering involving the Mexican criminal group Los Zetas, as part of a series of actions at national level that achieved arrest one of their leaders in Oklahoma.
The operation was intended Ruidoso intervene Tremor Enterprises, a breeder of horses owned by Miguel Angel Trevino, brother of Jose Trevino, known as Z-40, second most important command of the Zetas Cartel .
At the same time a search was conducted on a ranch in Oklahoma, Jose Trevino was captured with several of his collaborators. In this search which involved hundreds of FBI agents and helicopters.
According to a report in The New York Times, his partner Miguel Angel Ramiro Villarreal, washed at least three million dollars belonging to Jose Trevino in a successful horse breeding operation, in fact in 2010 he won the first race of the All American Futurity in Ruidoso, considered the equivalent of the Kentucky Derby.
With the money from Michelangelo, Joseph bought the ranch in Oklahoma and 300 stallions and mares three years ago and managed to win three of the biggest races in America, earning $ 2.5 million in prizes, according to The New York Times slogan.
The network was responsible for laundering money for the Zetas amounting to more than a million dollars a month to buy racehorses. Suspicious movements began in January 2010 when in one day it paid more than a million dollars for two mares for breeding.
The NYT report says that it is very rare for rookies to win the All American Futurity. However, the New York Times said in September 2010 a group of men waving Mexican flags and miniature piñatas were present to collect the prize of one million dollars earned by “Mr. Pilot “, the horse owned by Treviño and Villarreal.
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