in 4 states. A Federal indictment was issued for 14 members of the Zeta Drug Cartel. Seven members were arrested and the Government is set to seize the properties. Wednesday, June 13, 2012 In my opinion: The authorities have arrested seven known Mexican Zeta drug cartel members on 6/12/12, Tuesday. Seven other members remain at large. All 14 of the drug cartel members were charged with one count of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments. Upon conviction, the defendants face up to 20 years in federal prison. All of the defendants remain in federal custody at this time. They used buying properties, horse racing and breeding farms to launder drug money. The indictment seeks the forfeiture of numerous quarter horses, to include: Tempting Dash, winner of the Dash for Cash at Lone Star Park race track in Grand Prairie, Texas, on October 24, 2009; Mr. Piloto, $1 million All American Futurity winner at Ruidoso Downs on Labor Day, 2010; Dashin Follies; Coronita Cartel; and, Separate Fire. Furthermore, the indictment seeks the forfeiture of farm and ranch equipment; horse racing equipment; real property in Lexington, OK, and in Bastrop County, TX; and, funds contained in three bank accounts allegedly used in the defendants’ scheme. The indictment also seeks a monetary judgment in the amount of $20 million representing the amount of money derived from the defendants’ scheme. This continuing investigation is being conducted by agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation and the with assistance from the United States Marshals Service, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) and U.S. Border Patrol. Other judicial districts involved in this matter include the Western District of Oklahoma, Central District of California, Southern District of Texas, District of New Mexico and the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Story: A Zeta drug cartel member named Carlos Miguel Nayen, 32 is the officer of the groups “front” company in Laredo, TX. They used the front company to hide their money laundering operation and assets. In the California raid he was arrested. He bought horses and paid trainers with the Zetas drug money according to the indictment. The Zetas are Mexico’s largest drug cartel and they operate out of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico just over the border from Laredo, Texas. In 2008 to 2012 the group bought multiple horse ranches in 4 states with drug cash. They bred, raised and sold American quarter-horses in the U.S. and they had some success racing at the horse tracks. The horse farms/ranches were raided by authorities across Texas and in New Mexico, Oklahoma and California. Miguel and Oscar Treviño operated out of Mexico and over the last 4 years they funneled millions of dollars of drug money to their brother Jose Treviño and his wife Zulema who purchased properties and horses and over saw the ranches in the 4 states. They ran their Quarter horses at tracks and collected cash and prizes. They used the “front” company to hide the real ownership of the horses, property and winnings. "This case is a prime example of the ability of Mexican drug cartels to establish footholds in legitimate U.S. industries and highlights the serious threat money laundering causes to our financial system," Richard Weber, chief of IRS Criminal Investigation, said in a statement. The Terrible Treviño Brothers are Three Terrifying, Troubled, Thugs Miguel Angel Treviño Morales, 38 Aka Miguel “El 40” Treviño Morales, Aka “Papi” Miguel is Zetas Drug cartel second-in-command and is a fugitive in Mexico and America. It seems little Miguel is one bad dude and would ace you out in a heartbeat. He’s wanted in both countries for things like drug trafficking, ordering hits and money laundering. He’s wanted in Laredo, Texas for 5 outstanding warrants for murders in 2005 and 2006. In 2010 a detective testified that Miguel and his brother Omar Treviño ordered hits in the United States. The indictment said that he was the one who delved out millions of dollars in drug money to manage the horse ranches. He paid for the properties, horses, breeding programs, the trainers and veterinarians’ bills etc. He had a passion for horse racing and he even raced his horses at Retama Park. It’s speculated that he funded a 100% of a dog-racing track in his beloved Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. Antonio Peña Arguelles was a rancher in Laredo, TX. he was arrested in February 2012 and in the warrant they named Miguel Treviño. Peña Arguelles was arrested for money laundering and he claimed he was the go between for Miguel Treviño and the corrupt Mexican politicians. Ramiro Villarreal who used to call Miguel, “Papi” was an employee of the Zetas and he was a knowledgeable horseman and he purchased many prize winning horses for the group. He turned informant against Miguel and in March 2011 his charred body was found in a burned out car near Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. Just sayin’. Miguel Angel Treviño Morales, 38 is named in the federal indictment. He’s at large and is thought to be hiding somewhere in Mexico. The worst part is that this illegal alien has been traipsing back and forth across the border for years! Oscar Omar Treviño Morales, 36 Aka “42” There wasn't a lot said about Old Oscar except that he and his brother Miguel ordered hits on people in 2010 in the U.S.A. He also laundered drug money on his horse farm but they didn’t say where his farm was located. He was also named in the indictment and remains at large and thought to be in Mexico hiding out. Miguel and Oscar operated out of Mexico over the last 4 years and they funneled millions of dollars in drug money to their brother Jose and his wife Zulema. José Treviño Morales, 45 José Treviño Morales, 45 was arrested on a Wednesday, 6/12/12 in Lexington, Oklahoma on a horse ranch. His wife Zulema Trevino, 38 was also arrested and they were both named in the federal indictment. Their anchor babies are probably shedding tears right now. Another family separated by the mean Americans. José and his family were living large in Dallas, Texas the indictment says that he was also laundering drug money in San Antonio, TX. He used the money to purchase horse ranches in four states and bought top quality thoroughbred American quarter horses. He paid his horse farm bills with bloody money. He was hands on in the multi-million dollar operations that were located in New Mexico, Oklahoma, California and Texas. He also raced his quarter horses at renowned race tracks in America. Mike Vigil a former Drug Enforcement Administration, (DEA) Chief said that he suspected that Miguel and Omar thought that their brother José would be perfect to help them pull off the horse ranch operations scheme. José had a clean record so they had him purchase the properties and the horses and handle the farm and race track details. It seemed to the brothers that it would work because José was low key and was evidently good with horses. With the Zetas dumping millions of dollars into the projects, José quickly became a quarter-horse-super-star overnight and he was winning on the tracks with his prized horses. As Charlie Sheen would say, “I’m Winning”! It didn’t take long for José to develop a big head. He was giving media interviews and was flaunting his fat gut and white straw cowboy hat anywhere and everywhere. That’s hardly keeping it low key. José was the big man he was living large and having his picture taken and getting interviews published. He was winning race after race and taking the circuit by storm. He made himself known in Dallas and on the best race tracks, drawing attention to himself and his illegal operations. The IRS was very interested among other agencies. Let’s just say, keeping a low profile wasn’t one of José Treviño’s strongest points. His ego made him stick out like a sore thumb. It’s like the little 3rd world man spends 2 million dollars to win 1 million dollars, what’s wrong with this picture, you might ask. How does a mental midget with no job spend millions of dollars on horse farms in multiple states? Inquiring minds want to know, like the IRS. The 7 Mexican Zeta drug cartel members arrested: All seven remain in federal custody Jose Trevino Morales, 45, brother to the Zeta leader Zulema Trevino, 38, wife to above Fernando Solis Garcia, 29, in Ruidoso, in NM Carlos Miguel Nayen Borbolla, 26 Adan Farias, 32 Felipe Alejandro Quintero, 28 in L.A. Eusevio Maldonado Huitron in Austin, in TX Seven other Zeta members who are indicted but not yet apprehended: Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, 38, in Mexico, Los Zeta leader Oscar Omar Trevino Morales, 36, in Mexico, brother to Zeta leader Raul Ramirez, 20 of El Paso, TX Francisco Antonio Colorado Cessa, 51, of Veracruz, Mexico Victor Manuel Lopez, 31, of Nuevo Laredo Sergio Rogelio Guerrero Rincon, 40, of Mexico Luis Gerardo Aguirre, 35, of Mexico Los Zetas Drug Cartel: The Los Zetas Drug Cartel is the largest drug cartel in Mexico and it is growing leaps and bounds. They’re located minutes away from the U.S. just South of Laredo, TX. They operate in 11 Mexican states and they're successfully operating in the United States as well. “Former DEA chief Mike Vigil said, “What the Zetas do is they engage in every type of criminal activity that one could possibly imagine,” Vigil said. “Not only drug trafficking, but extortion, kidnapping, money laundering, weapons trafficking, human trafficking. They have created a massive corporation of criminal activity.”” When the U.S. authorities catch the Zeta operations, it’s usually a money making multi-million dollar ordeal. They’re a brutal bunch of vicious thugs, that’ll stop at nothing when it comes to making money. The Zetas siphon millions of dollars every year from the United States from their lucrative illegal drug trade that our government can’t or won’t stop. They’ve expanded their horizons in America and it’s time to take them down or at least put a huge crimp in their style. SOURCE: Los Zetas Leader Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, Brothers Indicted in Money Laudering Scheme Used American Quarter Horses to Launder Money; 14 Indicted in Investigation http://www.justice.gov/dea/pubs/states/newsrel/2012/hou061212.html Drug cartel laundry drug money through Quarter horse racing & properties Agents go after Zetas in raids http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/lo...fter-Zetas-in-raids-3628244.php#ixzz24kpyqDSa Seven arrested in alleged Mexican cartel scheme to launder money in horse racing http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/12/justice/texas-cartel-horseracing/index.html 49 decapitated bodies found in Mexico Zetas responsible http://articles.cnn.com/2012-05-13/americas/world_americas_mexico-remains_1_zetas-rival-cartels-jorge-domene?_s=PM:AMERICAS .