ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - One of the Zetas cartel members who laundered money using horse races in New Mexico has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Jose Trevino Morales invested $16 million of drug money in buying, training and racing horses.
One of the horses even won the $1 million All-American Futurity in Ruidoso Downs in 2010.
Prosecutors say the operation not only created false companies but fixed races.
Seventeen others are charged in the money laundering operation.
Trevino's wife and daughter are among them and have pleaded guilty to lesser charges.
One of Trevino's brothers, Oscar Omar Trevino Morales, remains at large.
Santa Fe police are working on a new way to put a stop to busy burglars. Instead of throwing them in jail they want to put them rehab.
A winter storm warning has been issued for Albuquerque and surrounding areas through 11 p.m. Thursday.
Tempers flared Wednesday night at the Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education meeting as the firestorm over teacher evaluations and student testing continues.
An Albuquerque man says an emergency vet clinic turned away his dying dog because he didn't have enough cash in his pocket to pay to save him. The dog later died.
Closing arguments wrapped up Wednesday in the final sentencing phase of John McCluskey's federal murder trial. The same jury that convicted him of killing an Oklahoma couple, must now decide whether McCluskey should face the death penalty.
Today’s top weather and news stories with Elizabeth Alvarez, Matt Mauro and meteorologist Kristen Van Dyke.
* Snow Storm
* Road Conditions
* N.E. Heights Winter Storm
*Weather in the West
* Sheriff Houston
* Toys for Tots
* Winter Weather Coverage
* Board of Education Meeting
* DWI Laws
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