Racehorses Used In Drug Trafficking Case

Local News

South Texas father and son admit to using racehorses to facilitate drug trafficking.

Authorities tell Local 23 that the father-son duo from Rio Grande City used the sport of horse racing to not only facilitate drug smuggling, but also to launder money. 

50-year-old, Raul Beltran junior and his son, 24-year-old Edward Beltran both pleaded guilty. They were reportedly members of the prolific transnational, transgenerational “Beltran Drug Trafficking Organization.” 

The investigation allegedly revealed that the Beltran men used their horse ranches in Rio Grande City to receive, re-package, and conceal thousands of kilograms of marijuana in horse trailers to ship the marijuana up north.

The organizations allegedly dealt with ranking members of the Gulf and Zeta Cartels, as well as the involvement of multiple corrupt sworn peace officers in the RGV.

A total of 22 people were convicted, including a former Starr County Sheriff’s Office Deputy. 

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

COVID-19 SAFETY TIPS

COVID Tip: Wash Your Hands

COVID Tip: Cover When Coughing and Sneezing

COVID Tip: Disinfecting

COVID Tip: Cover Your Mouth

COVID Tip: Avoid Close Contact

COVID-19 Tip: Disinfect Areas

COVID-19 Tip: Wash Hands Often

ValleyCentral App Links

App Store Link
Google Play Link
More Throwback Thursday