Fugitive Former Governors Arrested in Italy, Guatemala
LADB Article ID: 80267
By: Carlos Navarro
The Mexican government has begun the extradition process for two fugitive governors, Tomás Yarrington Ruvalcaba of Tamaulipas and Javier Duarte de Ochoa of Veracruz, whose whereabouts became public only in recent days. Yarrington, who was taken into custody in Florence, Italy, served as governor of Tamaulipas from 1999 to 2005. He is facing several charges, including drug trafficking and money laundering, filed by both Mexico and the US. Yarrington is said to have colluded with the Gulf cartel to facilitate the transfer of several tons of drugs to the US in exchange for a percentage of the proceeds. Just days after Yarrington was arrested, authorities in Guatemala announced they had taken Duarte de Ochoa into custody. The former Veracruz governor, who went underground to avoid corruption charges, was the subject of a massive manhunt. He was detained on April 15 in the resort town of Panajachel, on Lake Atitlán in the highlands of Guatemala. According to the Televisa news network, Duarte has been in Guatemala since October. He is said to have entered Guatemala through Tapachula, in Chiapas state, establishing a base of operations in Guatemala City,
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