Livestock trailer with $13 million among booty from Mexican cartel bust

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line staff writer | 11/12/2008

A massive federal takedown of a Mexican drug cartel resulted in 41 individuals being charged and hundreds of kilos of drugs being seized – along with the discovery of a creative way to transport cash.

On Oct. 28, federal prosecutors in Atlanta charged 41 people with alleged ties to a large-scale drug distribution and money laundering scheme in Georgia and Texas.

Among those tied to the organization were one sheriff’s deputy in Georgia who tried to use his badge to get out of a traffic stop, and a livestock hauler. The livestock hauler used a hidden compartment under the livestock and a pulley system to store more than $13 million in drug proceeds.

“This is another case of a major cartel-related Mexican organization that processed huge amounts of illegal drugs and money through metro Atlanta to many other parts of the country,” said U.S. Attorney David Nahmias.

“During this long-term investigation, we took away from the organization about $22 million in drug money – a record amount for an Atlanta case – and hundreds of kilos of the organization’s cocaine and marijuana. We have now indicted dozens of its alleged members who face long sentences in federal prison.”

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