Horses are dying at Oklahoma ranch linked to Mexican drug cartel
BY NOLAN CLAY NewsOK.com
Monday, August 06, 2012
LEXINGTON — Horses are dying from illness and the heat at an overcrowded ranch here that federal prosecutors allege was being run with drug money from a ruthless Mexican cartel.
Eleven horses have died and others have become sick and hurt since FBI agents raided Zule Farms June 12, prosecutors reported to a judge.
Because of the health issues and other concerns, the judge in Texas has agreed to let the federal government sell all of the more than 450 horses linked to the drug cartel. About 380 of the horses are at the Lexington ranch.
“There is good cause to sell these horses sooner rather than later,” U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks wrote in an order filed Thursday in Austin, Texas.
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Horses graze Friday at Zule Farms, a Lexington ranch whose owners are accused of ties to a Mexican drug cartel. A judge in Texas has ruled the federal government can sell the almost 400 horses at the ranch. STEVE SISNEY/NewsOK.com