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Prominent Mexican politician allegedly took $500 thousand bribe from Gulf cartel

December 18, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Prominent Mexican politician allegedly took $500 thousand bribe from Gulf cartel

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According to the Mexican news outlet Reforma, a prominent politician with ties to President Enrique Pena Nieto is accused of accepting a half million dollars from the Gulf drug cartel.

Reforma cites leaked confidential witness accounts provided to the Office of Mexico’s Attorney General’s by a top informant for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration DEA, which accuses current senator and former mayor of Reynosa, Francisco Garcia Cabeza de Vaca of accepting bribes from the ruthless Gulf criminal organization.

The sitting senator is considered the top Gubernatorial candidate in the state of Tamaulipas. He served as mayor from 2005 to 2007 as a member of the National Action Party (PAN).

According to Reforma, the DEA’s top informant, Antonio Pena told Mexican investigators how the Gulf Cartel gave $500,000 to Cabeza de Vaca in 2004 to help with his bid for mayor of Reynosa.

The informant claims to have acted as a middle man in the pay-off between Cabeza de Vaca and “El Caris” Sauceda Gamboa, who was the cartel’s plaza in Reynosa.

Pena claimed the former governor, Tomas Yarrington Ruvalcaba from the Revolutionary Institutional Party (PRI) had decided to turn Reynosa over to the PAN after the PRI’s candidate in Reynosa fell out Yarrington’s graces.

Yarrington along with his successor, Eugenio Hernandez Flores, have since become fugitives, wanted by the U.S. government on money laundering charges. Yarrington is also wanted on various drug conspiracy charges.

The rampant corruption within the Mexican government has provided an environment for the drug cartels to obtain massive influence and power throughout the country.

Now many prominent leading figures in the private sector are demanding political candidates be vetted by law enforcement.

Osvaldo Castillo, the president of the National Chamber of Commerce in Matamoros, said that political parties need to push candidates with strong moral character and leave out those with an unknown background. The measure should done in order to keep individuals with ties to organized crime out of office.

In addition to having the parties weed out suspicious candidates, the chamber is asking for all candidates to undergo an in-depth investigation by Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office (PGR) and Mexico’s Intelligence Service (CISEN).

There is great concern among business owners in the chamber since most of the breakdown that we are seeing in Tamaulipas and particularly in border cities is due to the lack of clarity of candidates who eventually get elected into office,” Castillo said.

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