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Yassine informant admits to drug use, drug dealing during cross examination

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Update -- During afternoon cross examination defense attorney David Botsford questioned the honesty of FBI informant Mo Yassine.

Particularly, a $6,500 transaction that took place Sept. 19, 2008 was called into question. On the stand, Mo Yassine admitted Mike wasn’t present for the transaction, and rather another defendant linked to the Yassine scandal, Marisee Ruales, cut the check.

Mo also admitted to using marijuana and cocaine extensively, and was previously a drug dealer before working for the FBI.

He is expected to remain on the stand well into Friday’s proceedings.

Earlier -- The jury for the federal trial for the Yassine brothers heard more recorded conversations that provided intimate details of how Mike Yassine planned to launder hundreds of thousands of dollars for his cousin, Moe Yassine.

Mike Yassine, and his brothers Steve and Hadi Yassine, are on trial for money laundering charges, stemming from a downtown sting operation that shut down several night clubs in Austin’s entertainment district.

Prosecutors played the audio conversations captured between Mike and Moe Yassine in 2009 and 2010. Mo Yassine was an informant for the FBI for more than five years

On tape, two separate $100,000 exchanges show the depth of Mike Yassine's involvement in helping to clean up his cousin’s cash. On video, you see Mike Yassine's assistant Marisse Rualles filling out the checks.

In another recording, you can hear the two men discuss cleaning up as much as $1 million dollars.

At one point, Mike Yassine asks Moe Yassine if the money is coming from government sources, suspecting an undercover operation.

The prosecution has passed the witness and cross examination will resume after lunch.

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