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Tag: ex-Gov. Mario Ernesto Villanueva Madrid

Ex-Mexican Gov. Extradited to U.S. For Taking Bribes From Drug Cartel and Laundering $19 Mil Through Lehman Brothers Accounts

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The ex-Governor from the Mexican state of Quintana Roo was extradited to the U.S. on charges of accepting million of dollars in bribes to help the violent Juarez Cartel dump tons of cocaine into the U.S. , and of laundering $19 million in drug proceeds through Lehman Brothers accounts, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.

Authorities said Monday that Mexico turned over ex-Gov. Mario Ernesto Villanueva Madrid to DEA agents and U.S. Marshals deputies. He was flown DEA Air Wing jet to White Plains, N.Y. whee he arrived late Sunday.

Villanueva Madrid’s opportunity to get filthy rich came in 1994, when the notorious Juarez Cartel started operating out of the state of Quintana Roo, of which he was governor. The state includes Cancun, a popular international tourist spot.

Authorities say Juarez Cartel speed boats with armed crews would meet Colombian speedboats off the Atlantic coast of Central America. The Colombian boats normally carried one to three tons of cocaine that were then offloaded unto the Mexican boats, authorities said.

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