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8:55 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Zeta Drug Money Laundering Trial Starts Today in Austin

Opening statements in a drug money laundering trial get underway in an Austin courtroom today. 

Among the men charged: Jose Trevino Morales. Federal prosecutors call Morales the brother of two top leaders of the Zeta drug cartel, and say he’s involved in a money-laundering scheme for the cartel: hiding millions of dollars in drug money in the horse racing business in Texas and other states.

Jury selection concluded yesterday. The trial gets underway at 9 a.m. in the courtroom of U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks.