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Former Mexican governor of Tamaulipas arrested in Italy for smuggling cocaine into the United States

By Mason White 5:34 PM April 13, 2017
Tomas Yarrington Ruvalcaba
Tomas Yarrington Ruvalcaba
By: Alexis Bell

(Scroll down for video) The former governor of a state in Mexico, was arrested in Italy, after being sought by the United States for several years, according to police in Italy.

Florence police said that they have arrested 59-year-old Tomas Yarrington Ruvalcaba, after being accused of working with drug cartels to sell drugs in the United States.

Police in Italy, arrested the former governor of the state of Tamaulipas in Mexico, after he was sought by police in Mexico and the United States.

After six years as governor, Tamaulipas fled the country. He was found in Italy, and had a false passport with a different name in his possession.

He was caught after being seen eating at a restaurant in Piazza della Signoria.

According to prosecutors in Texas, Yarrington and Fernando Alejandro Cano Martinez, 61, who was the owner of a Mexican construction firm, conspired to violate the provisions of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) statute.

The two men were also charged with conspiracy to launder money, conspiracy to defraud, and conspiracy to make false statements to federally insured U.S. banks.

Yarrington is also separately charged with a conspiracy to violate the provisions of the Controlled Substances Act, two substantive bank fraud charges, and a conspiracy to structure currency transactions at a domestic financial institution, while Cano is separately charged with three counts of bank fraud.

According to the indictment, Yarrington received large bribes from major drug traffickers operating in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, including the Gulf Cartel.

In return, Yarrington allegedly allowed them to operate their large scale enterprises freely, which included the smuggling of large quantities of drugs to the United States for distribution.

Yarrington allegedly became involved in the smuggling of large amounts of cocaine through the Port of Veracruz into the United States.

In Mexico, the former governor has been charged with money-laundering and organized crime.