An Extradition from Italy May Increase US-Mexico Tensions

4/13/2017 InSight Crime

handcuffsA former Mexican governor captured in Italy faces extradition to the United States and Mexico, which may spark new tensions between the neighboring countries.

Italian authorities have to decide where to extradite Tomás Yarrington, as Mexico and the United States have both asked to prosecute the former Tamaulipas governor captured in Florence on April 9, reported Excelsior.

In Mexico, Yarrington is accused of crimes related to drug trafficking. In the United States, the former governor is accused of importing and distributing drugs, money laundering, bank fraud and illicit money operations, crimes allegedly perpetrated between 1998 and 2013.

Yarrington could be sentenced to up to twenty years in prison in Mexico, but faces two life sentences and another 90 years in jail in the United States, Excelsior said.

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