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Jurors end 1st day in Texas horse ranch case

8:17 PM, May 8, 2013   |    comments
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Jury deliberations have ended for the day in the case against five men charged in a Texas federal court with using a race horse breeding operation to launder drug cartel money.

Jurors deliberated for about two hours Wednesday afternoon before recessing for the day. Deliberations began after prosecutors and defense attorneys gave their closing arguments in Austin.

Investigators say the case centers on Jose Trevino Morales, who's a brother of two reputed Zeta leaders in Mexico.

The defendants are charged with money laundering conspiracy related to operations of a horse ranch near Lexington, Okla. Prosecutors say ranch operators went through $16 million in horse-related expenses in 30 months.

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