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Ex-Mexican governor guilty in NY money laundering case

August 5th 2012   ·   11 Comments

NEW YORK (AP) – A former state governor of Mexico has pleaded guilty in New York to conspiring to launder millions of dollars in cocaine bribe payments.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara (buh-RAH’-ruh) says Mario Ernesto Villanueva Madrid pleaded guilty to a money laundering conspiracy count Thursday in federal court. Authorities say Villanueva Madrid conspired to launder the money from the Juarez Cartel through bank accounts in the U.S. and other countries.

Bharara said Friday the Juarez Cartel is one of Mexico’s most violent cocaine cartels.

Villanueva Madrid is the ex-governor of Quintana Roo, where Cancun is situated. He was extradited from Mexico in 2010 and initially pleaded not guilty to drug-related charges.

The 64-year-old faces up to 20 years in prison when sentenced Oct. 26.

His attorney hasn’t returned an email seeking comment.

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Readers Comments (11)

  1. Phil Vasquez says:

    and we’re supposed to be surprised????????

  2. The Corruption from the top down in Mexico is rampant and has been for yrs. so this isnt big news to most of us, especially us folks that live along the border its everyday happenings!!!!!

  3. Betty Harris says:

    Couldn’t have said it better myself Bryan Dixon!! lol

  4. where oh where was law enforcement? isn’t that what they get paid to do.

  5. Another one we”ll have to feed and house! Of course he plead guilty, otherwise he’s a dead man.

  6. Barry Urry says:

    Oh jeez, who woulda thunk it?

  7. Chris Branam says:

    That country breeds CROOKS.

  8. so does the u.s. rich people are crooks. please, our own government is crooked.

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