A federal judge in El Paso, Texas, left today on bail Raul Ramirez, one of 14 involved in money laundering case of Mexican cartel Los Zetas, through buying and selling of racehorses.
Judge Richard Mesa ordered that Ramirez was released on bail of $ 10,000, rejecting the request of federal prosecutors who wanted to keep him detained on the grounds that there is a risk of absconding.
Ramirez, a horse trainer 20 years old, is the second of the accused is released on bond, after last Tuesday a federal judge in Austin, Texas, also authorized the freedom to Eusebio Maldonado Huitrón.
Maldonado Ramirez are two of the 14 people who were charged June 12 with one count of money laundering cartel Los Zetas, through the acquisition, sale and horse racing quarter mile race in America.
Nine of the defendants were arrested and five remain fugitives, including the alleged leader of Los Zetas, Miguel Angel Trevino Morales (aka 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, in the name of shell companies to conceal the real ownership of horses.
He is charged with one count of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments. If convicted, Ramirez faces a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of half a million dollars.