Fugitive Mexico ex-governor Yarrington caught in Italy

4/10/2017 BBC News


Police in Italy have arrested the former governor of the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, Tomás Yarrington, 59. Mr Yarrington, who served as governor from 1999 to 2005, had been on the run for almost five years. The ex-governor is accused of taking millions of dollars in bribes from drug cartels in return for turning a blind eye to their smuggling activities.


A reward of 15m Mexican pesos ($800,000; £650,000) had been offered for information leading to his arrest. Officials did not reveal how they located Mr Yarrington. The attorney-general’s office in Mexico said Mr Yarrington would be extradited to his homeland within days. He is also wanted by the United States on charges of money laundering.

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