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Former Mexican Governor Used Relative To Launder Money, Prosecutors Say

Former Mexican Governor Used Relative To Launder Money, Prosecutors Say

MCALLEN, Texas — The brother in law of the former Governor of the Mexican state of Tamaulipas is wanted by the U.S. Department of Justice on money laundering charges on behalf of Eugenio Hernandez Flores. 

Oscar Gomez Guerra, 43, is actively being sought by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for the charges and the agency is asking anyone with information as to his whereabouts to contact them, a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office shows. 

Gomez Guerra is the brother in law of former governor Eugenio Hernandez Flores who has not been publicly charged but is named in court documents. 
Hernandez Flores served as the governor of Tamaulipas from 2005 to 2010 a time when the state fell into chaos as drug cartels ran wild and a war between the Zetas and the Gulf Cartel erupted.

During that time, Hernandez denied the violence attributing it to urban legends and mass hysteria.Guerra is married to Hernandez’s sister and is accused of laundering money since January 2008.

Federal authorities have moved to seize a house in Austin at the 2000 block of Cueva de Oro and a house in McAllen at the 4400 block of South H Street. 

Prosecutors are also seeking a $10 million judgment against Guerra. If convicted he faces up to 20 years in prison. Hernandez is the second Tamaulipas governor tied to money laundering cases. Tomas Yarrington who served before Hernandez is currently a fugitive wanted for drug and money laundering charges.

Court records obtained by Breitbart Texas show that Yarrington allegedly took money from crime syndicates for protection and even after his term was up helped secure the transport of drugs through the neighboring state of Veracruz. The cartels that Yarrington is accused of having worked for include the Zetas, the Gulf Cartel and the Beltran Leyva Cartel.

The investigation against Guerra was conducted by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force in Houston, Laredo, McAllen, San Antonio and Corpus Christi. The agencies in the task force include the DEA, the Internal Revenue Service, Homeland Security Investigations, the FBI and the Texas Attorney General’s Office.

Follow Ildefonso Ortiz on Twitter @ildefonsoortiz

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