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
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.
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
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.