Arrested Raul Ramirez, accused of money laundering for Los Zetas
June 21st 2012 · 3 Comments
Federal Attorney‘s Office for the West Texas said Tuesday that Ramirez was arrested yesterday while trying to enter the United States from Mexico through the international crossroads of Fabens, Texas, east of El Paso.
The source said that Ramirez, age 20, appeared Tuesday before Federal Judge Richard Mesa in El Paso, Texas, and will remain there in custody pending further report to the judge on Friday for a detention hearing.
Ramirez is one of the 14 people who were charged June 12 with one count of money laundering for the cartel, with the acquisition, sale and horse racing quarter mile race in America.
Seven of the defendants were arrested on the same day they released the charges against him. Another, Francisco Antonio Mexican businessman was apprehended Cessa Colorado two days later in Houston.
One detainee, Eusebio Maldonado Huitrón, was released on bail Tuesday by a federal judge in Austin, Texas.
Another five of those involved are still at large, including the alleged leader of Los Zetas, Miguel Angel Trevino Morales (aka, The 40) and his brother Oscar Omar Trevino Morales.
A third brother, Jose Trevino and his wife Zulema, are among the nine who have been arrested. The couple ran a ranch property on the outskirts of Lexington, Oklahoma, where they operated a horse ranch quarter mile.
Ramirez is accused of buying horses Jose Trevino on behalf of shell companies to conceal the real ownership of horses.
Specifically he is charged with one count of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments.
If he is convicted, Ramirez faces a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of half a million dollars.
A version of this column originally appeared in pikapvs.wordpress.com.
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