Horse trainer tied to Zetas cartel has conviction overturned

FILE - In this June 12, 2012 file photo, FBI agents overlook a horse ranch under investigation in Lexington, Okla. Prosecutors in Texas say Jose Trevino Morales, a brother of two top leaders of Los Zetas, oversaw the purchase of hundreds of quarter horses at a ranch in Oklahoma. (AP Photo/Brett Deering, File)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A conviction against an Austin man for his alleged involvement in money laundering for a Mexican drug cartel has been overturned. A federal appeals court reversed the conviction for Austin horse trainer Eusevio Huitron due to a lack of evidence.

In September 2013, the 50-year-old Huitron was sentenced to 97 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for his role in a complex conspiracy to launder millions of dollars in illicit Los Zetas drug trafficking proceeds to purchase, train, breed, and race American quarter horses in the United States.

 

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