A judge has scheduled a November auction for hundreds of horses that prosecutors claim were used to launder profits by the Zetas drug cartel.
Prosecutors say 379 horses linked to the alleged conspiracy will be sold at auction Nov. 1-3 at Heritage Place in southwest Oklahoma City. The Oklahoman reports that the Internal Revenue Service is handling preparations to auction the horses.
Fifteen people are charged in the investigation, which centers on the operation of an Oklahoma horse ranch. Among those in custody is Jose Trevino Morales. Prosecutors say he is the brother of two alleged leaders of the Zetas cartel.
Prosecutors say 99 horses have already been sold because the ranch at Lexington was overcrowded. The IRS received more than $32,000 from that sale.