Mexican ex-governor arrested in Italy over drug money laundering

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A former Mexican governor has been arrested in Italy for his alleged involvement in the laundering of drug money.

Tomas Yarrington is wanted in the United States for allegedly accepting millions of dollars in drug cartel bribes and investing it in Texas real estate. Yarrington was governor of the northern state of Tamaulipas from 1999 to 2005.

Yarrington’s long-cold trail finally led to Italy, where he was detained Sunday in Florence. Alberto Elias Beltran, the chief Mexican prosecutor in charge of extraditions, said Yarrington was found carrying false documents suggesting he was living under a fake name. Elias Beltran said both Mexican and U.S. prosecutors had provided intelligence information that lead to the arrest and that both Mexico and the U.S. have requested Yarrington be extradited. Italy will decide which country he is sent to.

Read more here: nbcnews.com


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