Former Mexican Governor Indicted in U.S. For Helping Gulf Cartel

The former governor of Tamaulipas, the Mexican state bordering a large part of South Texas, has been indicted in the U.S. on numerous charges related to allegedly helping the Mexican Gulf cartel smuggle narcotics into the U.S. and launder money.

Former Tamaulipas Governor Tomas Yarrington Ruvalcaba was indicted along with a Mexican construction firm owner, Fernando Alejandro Cano Martinez, for "conspiring to violate the provisions of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) statute, conspiracy to launder money, conspiracy to defraud, and conspiracy to make false statements to federally insured U.S. banks," according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The former governor was also charged with “conspiracy to violate the provisions of the Controlled Substances Act, two substantive bank fraud charges, and a conspiracy to structure currency transactions at a domestic financial institution,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The construction company owner, Cano, also received separate charges. The indictment reveals that the former governor allegedly accepted large payments from the Gulf cartel and other drug trafficking organizations to allow his state to be used by the organizations. The U.S. Attorney’s Office also alleges that the former governor then began operating his own large-scale cocaine trafficking enterprise. The indictment also alleges that the former governor transferred $7 million into Texas banks from “front entities.”

Both men are not currently in the custody of U.S. authorities.

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