Brother of Mexican Public Servant Accused of Multiple Charges Holding on to Faith
Brownsville – The brother of the former Tamaulipas governor who was recently indicted speaks out.
His family was mostly quiet during Tomas Yarrington’s hearing on Monday.
They're holding on to faith believing the truth will come out.
Nestled in this Brownsville neighborhood you'll find Iglesia Bautista Fundamental led by Pastor Victor Alvarez.
The quiet found between these walls are a sharp contrast to the life led by Alvarez's brother, Tomas Yarrington Ruvalcaba.
He's accused of working with cartels like the Gulf and the Beltran-Leyva.
Yarrington is named in an 11-count indictment for things involving conspiracy to import drugs into the U.S., bank fraud and racketeering.
Alvarez says seeing his brother in shackles was difficult.
"Then to see somebody in chains who at one time was a public servant. Then to see your own flesh and blood in chains. So, it is moving," he says.
Alvarez tells us a foundation of faith is what's keeping is family strong. Looking back to the years when Yarrington was governor of the Mexican state bordering Texas, he believes his brother strayed.
"It is no doubt as I look back that he forgot about God, got too busy with what he was doing. But, God hasn't forgotten about Tomas. As I understand, he's come back to God," says Alvarez.
Yarrington is linked by U.S. prosecutors to a wide network of conspirators involving Mexican politicians, law enforcement, military deserters to move money and drugs through the Valley's border for self-gain.
We wanted to know if Alvarez believes his brother is innocent.
"Yes," he said. "And let me tell you something, I don't only believe my brother is innocent. I believe everybody is innocent until proven guilty. I approach everybody to be innocent until proven guilty. And then, when I find a man who's been proven guilty, I always leave the margin of repentance."
Alvarez said he and his family will be praying and counseling Yarrington.
Yarrington faces his arraignment and detention hearing Thursday. His family plans to be there.
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