The money in the account will be released to the government if there are convictions in the case. The money could be released to the defendants if they are acquitted. The trial is set to begin in March in Austin, Texas.
Some of the defendants, including the two alleged cartel leaders, have not been arrested.
In many criminal cases, the government is not allowed to sell property until after a defendant is convicted at trial.
The judge agreed to the sales before trial because of health concerns and so that yearlings can be sold and trained to race while their values are still high.
Not being sold before trial, though, are five of the more valuable horses — Tempting Dash, Mr. Piloto, Separate Fire, Dashin Follies and a colt identified only as Y516. Prosecutors agreed to hold those horses out of the November auction after Jose Trevino agreed not to try to block the sale of the other horses.
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