AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Jury selection has begun in the trial of leaders of a violent cartel accused of buying racehorses to hide illegal drug profits.
The case centers on Jose Trevino Morales, a brother of two top leaders of Los Zetas. The Mexican group has become one of the biggest, most versatile and most violent criminal organizations in the world.
Prosecutors say Morales disguised drug money through the purchase of racehorses at a ranch in Oklahoma. He has been charged with conspiracy in federal court in Texas.
Morales' wife and daughter have pleaded guilty to lesser charges. His brothers remain at large.
As U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks opened the proceedings on Monday, defense lawyers filed documents listing potential evidence.