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Posted: Dec 19, 2013 6:00 AM

Updated: Dec 19, 2013 6:01 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) A horse buyer and trainer from Mexico has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for his role in a drug cartel's money-laundering scheme in Texas. Twenty-eight-year-old Carlos Nayen Borbolla pleaded guilty to money laundering conspiracy and drug counts. Investigators say Nayen acted as an intermediary between leaders of the violent Zetas cartel. He traveled to Texas to help buy and train race horses in support of cartel-related activities. Nearly 20 people have been convicted in the case.

HOUSTON (AP) A Los Angeles man has been sentenced to 13 years in prison in a nearly $10 million Texas-based life settlement insurance scam. Charles Craig Jordan previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. Jordan also was ordered to pay almost $9.7 million in restitution to more than 500 victims. Prosecutors say the scheme involved a Houston company called Secure Investment Services and American Settlement Associates. Investigators say Gipson and another suspect misused investor money and the policies lapsed.

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (AP) A North Texas man has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for his role in a Wichita Falls-based methamphetamine ring. A federal judge sentenced 44-year-old Louis Griego Jr. of Wichita Falls. Griego in July pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute methamphetamine. Griego, was among seven people pleading guilty in the case.

PENITAS, Texas (AP) The U.S. Border Patrol continues testing aerostats along the Texas-Mexico border that were originally used for surveillance by the Department of Defense. The helium-filled balloons tested in Penitas, about 15 miles west of McAllen, are outfitted with cameras and sensors. An aerostat tethered 2,500 feet above the ground can easily make out the make, model and color of vehicles a couple of miles away.

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