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Former Mexican governor Tomás Yarrington extradited to United States

The former governor of Tamaulipas, Tomás Yarrington, was extradited by Italian authorities to the United States where he is accused of drug trafficking.

Yarrington has had an international warrant for his arrest since 2012. He was arrested on April 9 of 2017 at a restaurant in Florence, Italy where he was found with false documentation.

On February 26 of 2018, the Supreme Court of Italy rejected an appeal by Yarrington’s lawyers against his extradition to the United States and accepted another against his shipment to Mexico, since both countries seek to prosecute him for crimes of drug trafficking.

However, on April 20 of this year, Yarrington was escorted by agents of the Italian border police to the Roman airport of Fiumicino and handed over to agents of the US Marshals Service where he will be received by authorities in Houston, Texas.

Yarrington governed Tamaulipas from 1999 to 2004 and is accused of allowing the Gulf and Los Zetas cartels to transfer drugs to the neighboring northern country.

On April 19, 2017, 10 days after the arrest of the former governor, the then attorney general of Mexico, Raúl Cervantes, met in with US Attorney General Jeff Sessions in Washington with whom he agreed to prioritize the Yarrington trial.

Earlier this month, the Italian Court of Cassation denied the extradition of Tomás Yarrington Ruvalcaba to Mexico implying that the ex-governor would likely be handed over to the United States to be prosecuted for money laundering and drug trafficking.