Posted: Jun 13, 2012 11:19 AM
Updated: Jun 13, 2012 12:05 PM
OKLAHOMA CITY - Several high-ranking members of the Zetas are behind bars in the U.S. They were busted after raids on horse racing operations. Seven of the 14 people indicted on money laundering charges have already been arrested.
According to the unsealed indictments, the drug cartel was funneling millions of dollars by quietly arranging to buy quarter horses with drug money.
Prosecutors claim the group often paid in cash to hide the cartel's ties. Forty-four horses were seized as part of the raids in New Mexico and Oklahoma.
Because of Tuesday's raids, the U.S. embassy is alerting U.S. citizens traveling and living in Mexico to be prepared for possible retaliation by the Zetas.
The embassy urges U.S. citizens to maintain a low profile and a heightened sense of alert. All U.S. citizens living in Mexico should register with the nearest embassy either online, by phone or by visiting an embassy. That'll make it easier for workers to reach U.S. citizens in case of an emergency.