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Bones: Brothers, Horses, Cartels, and the Borderland Dream free read ´ 106 ¼ The dramatic true story of two brothers living parallel lives on either side of the US Mexico border—and how their lives converged in a major criminal conspiracy José and Miguel Treviño were bonded by blood and a shared vision The dramatic true story of two brothers living parallel lives on either side of the US Mexico border and how their lives converged in a major criminal conspiracy José and Miguel Treviño were bonded by blood and a shared vision of a better life But they chose different paths that would end at the same violent crossroads with considerable help from the FBI and an enigmatic all American snitch José was a devoted family man who cut no corners in his pursuit of the American dream Born in Nuevo Laredo a Mexican border town on a crucial smuggling route José was one of thirteen children raised by a hardworking ranch hand He grew up loving the sprawling countryside and its tough fast uarter horses but in search of opportunity he crossed the border into Texas to look for work as a bricklayer He kept his nose clean He stayed out of trouble Back in Mexico José’s younger brother Miguel was leading a different life While José struggled to make ends meet Miguel ascended to the top ranks of Los Zetas a notoriously bloody drug cartel his crimes had become the stuff of legend and myth on both sides. Bones Brothers Horses Cartels and the Borderland Dream is a true crime story examining the infiltration of uarter horse racing by drug cartels seeking to launder money through the story of José Treviño Morales brother to the infamous Miguel Treviño Morales 40 who led the Zetas and Scott Lawson the rookie FBI agent who brought down some of the money launderersThe Zetas are a notorious Mexican drug cartel of extraordinary violence and inhumanity One cartel leader was sentenced last month for chopping a six year old girl up in front of her parents removing and burning her limbs while she was still alive Unfortunately since 40 was arrested in a separate operation violence has only increased and the Zetas have notched than 12500 murders in just the first six months of 2017This makes this book in turns fascinating and infuriating Let’s consider José Treviño Morales For most of his life he worked as a brick layer His wife worked at Ernst Young They did okay never getting ahead but supporting their family and children Because his brother was this infamous drug lord José was constantly harassed by police ICE and the DEA If he crossed the border even walking carrying nothing they made him sit for hours as though he were a drug mule and interrogated about his family When his brother committed some atrocity his house would be searched Law enforcement harassed him as though he were criminal even though he a brick layer and had no involvement whatsoever in his brother’s criminalityHowever that changed when he suddenly bought a horse and got involved in horse racing Buying breeding and racing horses reuires money and a lot of money churned through his business It didn’t seem to enrich him personally and he worked hard at it spreading the manure feeding the horses and doing what a horse rancher would dobut of course the financing was all from his brother and eventually it all came falling down when the FBI swooped in and charged him with money launderingThe story is interesting though the most pressing uestion is never answered Unfortunately Joe Tone never interviewed José so he could not answer why after a lifetime of law abiding hard work did he at last succumb to temptation I am sure he comforted himself by saying he was not involved in the drugs – and he was not – but money laundering enables the cartel So what made him switch Was it his daughter coming of age for college and marriage It does not seem so Perhaps it was being treated by a criminal despite his years of hard work After all if law enforcement is going to search his home interrogate him hang around outside his house and harass him while he does nothing why shouldn’t he make some money We never find out what the straw was that broke his law abiding backJoe Tone notes that implicit bias was involved in many of the FBI decisions but still seems very admiring of Lawson Lawson decided to approach the white guy who was part of the horse business because he didn’t “act like a boss” This guy Tyler Graham makes out like a bandit He gets to keep all the laundered money that comes his way and the horses bred by Tempting Dash the winning horse whose victories precipitated José’s involvement This was some private judgment Lawson made that seems pretty arbitrary Most descriptions of José note that he was humble not prideful But Lawson thought he acted “like a boss” Did he have some expectation of servility that all the Latinos offendedThere were some very uestionable indictments like the builder brother of one of the conspirators who never should have been indicted and luckily was found not guilty Meanwhile none of the white conspirators were indicted Bank of America held several accounts that laundered millions but was not accused Why not Actively assisting the investigation after the fact is money laundering and getting away with it Tone does not discuss Bank of America's role in the money laundering in his book which I think is a serious oversight but when the FBI decided to let them assist it might be legally difficult to press the point Let us not forget that HSBC laundered billions of dollars and paid a fine totaling five weeks income I thought the story was interesting but was not terribly impressed by law enforcement I would be happy to see the cartels out of horse racing but who believes that taking down one rancher took the cartels out of the industry The auction houses knowingly sold to and even carried credit for cartel buyers does anyone believe that stopped when not one of them was touched The racing industry turned a blind eye to cartel infiltration because it inflated prices and brought in shipments of cash None of them were held accountableThis operation took down one small cog in a giant cartel one that was relatively insignificant but symbolically important He was the brother of the kingpin and so his conviction was a win but what a misplaced set of priorities The cartels could not operate without banks colluding without structured money transfers that banks ignored In all there was one bank that seemed alert to and unwilling to accommodate the cartel forcing one of the conspirators to close his account but the rest were happy to handle the money They were not indicted If the FBI wants to really stop money laundering it needs to start indicting bankers When we see bankers in perp walks we will know that the government is serious about ending cartelsAnd of course the Zetas are worse than everand nothing done in interdiction will ever stop the violence There is money to be made and American focus on prohibition over treatment continues to incentivize criminal cartels Prohibition made the American mafia in the 20s and is made the cartels of today Unfortunately this book has no answers It seems the cartels will continue to terrorize the border and the people of Mexico and American banks will continue to profit with impunity As to horse racing Who knows Since none of the people who profited the most from cartel involvement were punished do they have an incentive to keep the cartels out now Were there any reforms in how horses were auctioned and how payment was made None are mentioned in the book so it seems that another operation could step right inJoe Tone tells a good story He raises many uestions though and answers few He notes the racial disparities in how the FBI approached the Latino and white participants in the money laundering but it never seems to impinge on his assessment of Lawson or Graham Really Graham made out like a bandit didn’t he It seems he made the correct assessment he could have his money laundering cake and eat it too It would have been nice if Tone had noted who some of the unindicted co conspirators in the sales barns and banks of America were the people who profited with impunity because there is where the battle needs to go In a way it seems as though Tone pulled his punches the same way the FBI didI received a copy of Bones Brothers Horses Cartels and the Borderland Dream through a Shelf Awareness promotional drawingBones Brothers Horses Cartels and the Borderland Dream at Penguin Random HouseJoe Tone author site“The Rookie and the Zetas” – original article about this storyhttpstonstantweaderreviewswordpre

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Of the border He was said to have burned rivals alive murdered Mexican and American law enforcement officers and launched grenades at a US consulate  José married with kids and now a US citizen gave every indication of rejecting his brother’s criminal lifestyle Then one day he showed up at a uarter horse auction and bid close to a million dollars for a horse the largest amount ever paid for a uarter horse at an auction The humble bricklayer uickly became a major player in the uarter horse racing scene that thrived in the American Southwest and Mexico That caught the attention of an eager young FBI agent named Scott Lawson He enlisted Tyler Graham an American rancher who would eventually breed José’s champion horse nicknamed Bones to help the FBI infiltrate what was revealing itself to be a major money laundering operation with the ultimate goal of capturing the infamous Miguel Treviño Joe Tone’s riveting exuisitely layered crime narrative set against the high stakes world of horse racing is an intimate story about family loyalty and the tragic costs of a failed drug war Compell. Tone does a good writing job of stretching a story to book lengthI like to learn about areas I know little and uarter horse and Tone’s writing does a nice job thereWhat I disagree with is his editorializing over the root causes of the war on drugs Back to the seventies and according to Tone the Nixon administration did the political calculus that Drug persecution was the way to keep POC’s down and he goes on like thatTone goes as far as putting words in a Mexican drug dealer’s mouth that he only took up the Life bc Mexico was lawless and the US wasn’t doing anything about itI must’ve missed the US’s responsibility for the internal security of another country Finally Tone states the case against these cartel money launderers avoided indicting white defendantsIronically I agree with Tone in one rather lopsided way This Drug War is a colossal waste of taxpayer money The featured Fed spends three years of his life putting a bunch of horse wranglers in prison bc they werewrangling horses but were doing it for guys who were paying them with drug moneyColor me underwhelmed Zeta cartels go on beheading people and terrorizing whole communities but hey at least uarter horse racing doesn’t have any drug money in it

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Bones Brothers Horses Cartels and the Borderland DreamIng and complex Bones sheds light on the perilous lives of American ranchers the morally dubious machinery of drug and border enforcement and the way greed and fear mingle with race class and violence along America’s vast Southwestern border Praise for Bones “One magnificent piece of border reporting” Sam uinones author of  Dreamland The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic “ Bones is a riveting read that transcends the larger than life cartels cowboys and fast horses at its heart It’s about how hard it is to determine what makes a good guy and a bad guy along our embattled border” Joe Drape author of the New York Times bestseller American Pharoah “What a cast of characters a bloodthirsty Mexican drug lord his unassuming blue collar brother a daring Texas rancher and an idealistic young FBI agent And then there are the racehorses as fast as the wind competing for million dollar purses on the uarter horse tracks of the American Southwest Through amazingly detailed research Joe Tone has brought us a riveting tale about the pursuit of justice in the most dangerous of worlds. I really enjoyed reading this book particularly after just finishing “Bloodlines” by Melissa del Bosue which covers the exact same law enforcement operation; the takedown of the Zeta mafia’s invasion of American uarter house racing Together the reader has an excellent understanding of not only how porous the American border is how Mexican cartels attempt to operate on both sides of the border but what it takes for American law enforcement to contain them Bones refers to a prize stallion which became the anchor of Miguel Treviños’s horse empire in Texas and Oklahoma Miguel aka Zeta 40 used his brother José as a front José had been a bricklayer in Dallas He lived a uiet life with his wife and kids He had no criminal history From all accounts he actively shunned His younger brother’s criminal activities Miguel Treviño Morales grew up in Dallas doing lawns raking leaves and other odd jobs He moved back to Mexico Where he lived was controlled by the Gulf cartel Being an ambitious young man he began working in the narco industry Eventually he morphed into one of the cruelest one of the most vicious and one of the most dreaded men in Northern Mexico He was a huge prize for American law enforcement and they were constantly looking for a way to bring him down Miguel was a family man and believed the money he made should benefit his family Enter José followed by the FBI the IRS HSI and the DEA My only complaint with the book is that it makes a number of ideological and political points derived from other author’s research but doesn’t cite them until the closing chapter where he discusses his research and interviews I found the book easy to follow and a great narration of a very complex case It opens a small window on the world of the border but mostly it follows the case For a closer and better sociological view of life in narco land I would recommend “Bloodlines”