The police in Italy arrested Tomas Yarrington, ex-governor of Tamaulipas state, on Mexico’s northeastern border with Texas. He was accused in 2013 by a federal grand jury in Texas of taking millions of dollars in bribes from the Gulf Cartel and other traffickers.
Mexico’s attorney general’s office said on Sunday the arrest was made possible by an Interpol red notice, the closest to an international arrest warrant “for the crimes of organized crime and money laundering, among others. Reuters has the story:
“Beginning in 1998, U.S. authorities have said, Yarrington began taking bribes from the Gulf Cartel and other traffickers, when he was mayor of Matamoros on the U.S. border.
Yarrington, who was governor of Tamaulipas between 1999 and 2005, is one of several former politicians in President Enrique Pena Nieto’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) accused of corruption. He was suspended from the PRI in 2012.” | Reuters.