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Mexico to extradite former Tamaulipas Governor Eugenio Hernandez Flores to Texas to face money laundering charges

March 19, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexico to extradite former Tamaulipas Governor Eugenio Hernandez Flores to Texas to face money laundering charges

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The Mexican government approved an extradition request filed by the U.S. for Eugenio Hernandez Flores, the former governor of the Mexican state of Tamaulipas on money laundering charges linked to drug trafficking.

Current Tamaulipas governor Francisco Cabeza de Vaca indicated that he was given notification from Mexico City regarding the extradition of Flores, who is sought in the Southern District of Texas on charges of money laundering, Proceso reported.

“This is one of many actions that need to take place,” Cabeza de Vaca said in Ciudad Victoria. “I said this when I took office; we are going to bring justice to Tamaulipas and give back what was taken from them. We are going to get back all the properties that were stolen, and those who took them will face justice.”

Eugenio Hernandez Flores served as the governor of Tamaulipas from 2005 to 2010. During his time in office, the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas managed to grow with complete impunity. In 2015, the U.S. D.O.J announced an unsealed indictment against Hernandez on multiple charges of money laundering and was considered a fugitive.

Under Cabeza de Vaca, who assumed office in 2016, Tamaulipas authorities apprehended Hernandez in October on charges linked to embezzlement and illicit purchases of state properties.

Since then, Hernandez was behind bars without bond while the current governor urged for Hernandez’s extradition. Testimony in other similar prosecutions and civil matters allege that Hernandez laundered money and bribes from Mexican cartels.

“It is up to the federal government,” Cabeza de Vaca said. “We did our part and we have been firm in moving forward and getting back what was taken.”

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