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Mexican Fugitive Governor Arrested — Second in Days

Police in Guatemala arrested a second former Mexican governor just days after authorities in Italy arrested another Mexican fugitive cartel-linked governor. Guatemalan police arrested the fugitive governor on organized crime and embezzlement charges.

On Saturday night, Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office (PGR) announced the arrest of former Veracruz governor Javier Duarte. According to information released by the PGR, Duarte’s arrest took place in the town of Panajachel, Guatemala, under a provisional warrant with the intent of extraditing him to Mexico.

According to the PGR, Mexico will be presenting a formal request for extradition within 60 days and undertake the extradition process with the Guatemalan government.

As Breitbart Texas previously reported, Duarte is just one of multiple Mexican governors who have gone on the run after ending their term. Duarte has been linked to the ransacking of Veracruz’ coffers and with his alleged ties to the various organized crime groups that continue to operate in Veracruz.

Duarte’s arrest comes just days after Breitbart Texas caught the PGR trying to take credit for the arrest of former Tamaulipas Governor Tomas Yarrington in ItalyU.S. Homeland Security Investigations and Italian authorities teamed up to arrest the fugitive governor. Yarrington is facing federal money laundering and drug trafficking charges in U.S. federal court. Eugenio Hernandez, a second Tamaulipas governor, is also a wanted fugitive by the U.S. Department of Justice.

In November, Breitbart Texas published a leaked document that proved that Mexican authorities had been providing state police cops as private security personnel to both Yarrington and Hernandez while the two were considered fugitives by U.S. authorities

While Hernandez remains a fugitive in the U.S., Mexican PGR officials have confirmed that he is not wanted in Mexico on any crimes. He continues to live in Mexico. Breitbart Texas recently reported that Hernandez is now facing additional charges in the U.S. after a grand jury handed down a second superseding indictment adding additional money laundering and fraud charges to Hernandez’s case.

Ildefonso Ortiz is an award-winning journalist with Breitbart Texas. He co-founded the Cartel Chronicles project with Brandon Darby and Stephen K. Bannon.  You can follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

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