Federal prosecutors have charged the former governor of Tamaulipas, a state in Mexico that shares a border with Texas, with several crimes related to drug trafficking. The indictment alleges that the former governor was involved in several illegal acts beginning in 1998 and ending in 2004.
The indictment accuses the former governor, who is now 56 years old, of taking bribes totaling millions of dollars from a group of alleged drug traffickers known as the Gulf Cartel. Federal prosecutors claim that the ex-governor began accepting bribes even before he was elected as governor until the end of his term in 2004. The former governor is also accused of participating in money laundering, racketeering, stealing public funds and accepting bribes from other commercial enterprises. During 2007 to 2009, prosecutors further allege that the former governor also participated in drug trafficking.