Ex Tamaulipas Governor Accused of Accepting Bribes from Cartel Captured
Mexico City (AP) - Mexican prosecutors say that a former governor of the border state of Tamaulipas has been detained in Italy.
The attorney general's office said Sunday that ex-Gov. Tomas Yarrington is accused in Mexico of money laundering and organized crime. He is also wanted in the United States for allegedly receiving millions of dollars in bribes from the Gulf cartel during his 1999 to 2004 term.
The office said it expects Yarrington will be returned to Mexico soon.
Yarrington's lawyers have in the past denied the charges against him.
During his tenure, drug gangs rose to dominate the state. His Institutional Revolutionary Part expelled him from its ranks late last year. Local media reports said Yarrington was detained in Florence, Italy.
Press Release from Mexican Attorney General:
The Mexican Attorney General has informed that today thanks to the collaboration of federal authorities and also the Italian Government Agencies as well, they found former Tamaulipas Governor Tomas Yarrington Rubalcava. The detention was possible under the red card from Interpol that has apprehension order. The apprehension order was issued b Mexican federal agencies due to organized crime operations with money laundering and more. Hopefully in the next days will be returned to Mexico.
Mexican authorities and Italian government are coordinating this matter.
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