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Mexican drug cartel uses racehorses for money laundering

by The Madeleine Brand Show

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Zenyatta with jockey Mike Smith aboard, wins the Grade I $250,000 Lady's Secret Stakes horse race, October 2, 2010, at Oak Tree at Hollywood Park, in Inglewood, California. GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images

Racehorses have names like 'Number One Cartel' and 'Mr. Ease Cartel.' Last weekend at Southern California's Los Alamitos racetrack, Mr. Ease Cartel qualified for a $1 million race.

But he won't be running. Earlier this week, his owner's stables in New Mexico and Oklahoma were raided by federal authorities. Owner Jose Trevino and his brother Miguel are leaders in Mexico's infamous Zeta drug cartel.

Miguel Trevino is notorious for dismembering his victims and dumping them on the side of the road. How the Zetas got involved in American horse racing is the subject of a front page New York Times story, A Drug Family in the Winner’s Circle, written by Ginger Thompson.


Ginger Thompson, reporter for the New York Times.

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