Former governor from Tamaulipas, Tomas Yarrington Ruvalcaba pleaded guilty to money laundering in U.S. district court on Thursday afternoon according to Breitbart News.
The politician is one of two border-state governors who were convicted on charges of bribery and officials believe that they are tied to cartels.
A former governor from Tamaulipas pleaded guilty to a money laundering charge in a U.S. court. The politician is one of two former governors from that border state who was indicted or convicted for bribes, presumably tied to cartels.
Yarrington faces eight charges in conjunction with bank fraud or money laundering conspiracy and is scheduled to be sentenced at a later date.
Yarrington served as the governor of Tamaulipas, which is a Mexican border state that hugs the southernmost point of Texas, 1999 to 2005 and allegedly moved millions of dollars from corrupt businessmen to drug traffickers, using United States bank accounts.
According to Breitbart’s Ildefonso Ortiz, even after leaving office, “Yarrington lived a life of luxury, traveling the world and even having state-funded bodyguards.”
It is believed that the corrupt former governor earned as much as $132 million through his dirty business dealings. He is suspected of working with the Gulf Cartel, Los Zetas, and the Beltran Leyva Cartel in an effort to give them access to top politicians for favors.
Former Governor Eugenio Hernandez Flores is also wanted in the state of Texas for money laundering and believed to be guilty of assisting corrupt businesses in bribing the cartels through U.S. accounts and real estate.
While the idea of money laundering and real estate holdings might seem a bit sterile and unconcerned to the average citizen, those who live on the border of Texas and Mexico can tell horror stories about what the cartels are able to do with their seemingly endless resources.