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Mexican cartel leader's brother gets 20 years for Okla. horse track money laundering scam

The brother of two notorious Mexican cartel leaders has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for money laundering.

A judge in Texas on Thursday sentenced Jose Trevino Morales for investing $16 million of drug money in buying, training and racing horses across the southwest.

Seventeen others are charged in the Zetas money laundering operation. Trevino's wife and daughter have pleaded guilty to lesser charges.

Mexican authorities arrested Trevino's brother, Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, in July. Trevino's other brother, Oscar Omar Trevino Morales, remains at large.

At trial, prosecutors said the operation created fake companies and fixed races. Horse owners, trainers and others crafted bank deposits to mask the drug money being used to fund the operation, which Trevino ran for his brothers from an Oklahoma ranch.

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