Horses linked to drug cartel sold at Oklahoma City auction for $8.74 million
BY NOLAN CLAY NewsOK.com
Tuesday, November 06, 2012
One racehorse, A Dash of Sweet Heat, sold for $1 million. The Cartel Straw went for $300,000 while Super Long Straw went for $200,000.
Overall, the top bidders at the three-day auction in Oklahoma City last week agreed to pay $8.74 million for quarter horses linked by the federal government to the Zetas, a violent Mexican drug cartel, records show.
Those funds will go into an escrow account until after a trial next year in Texas for nine defendants accused in an indictment of involvement in a $20 million money-laundering conspiracy.
The federal government will get the money if there are convictions.
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A Dash of Sweet Heat is led into the sales ring Thursday by an employee of Heritage Place in Oklahoma City. The filly sold at the auction for $1 million. AP PHOTO