Former Mexican Official Charged In Drug Conspiracy
NEW YORK (AP) — A
former state governor of Mexico has pleaded guilty to conspiring to
launder millions of dollars in cocaine bribe payments.
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said 64-year-old Mario Ernesto Villanueva
Madrid pleaded guilty to one count of money laundering conspiracy
Thursday in federal court. Authorities say Madrid conspired to launder
the money from the Juarez Cartel through bank accounts in the U.S. and
Bharara said the Juarez Cartel is one of Mexico's most violent cocaine cartels.
Madrid is the former governor of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. He was extradited from Mexico in 2010.
Madrid faces up to 20 years in prison and will be sentenced on Oct. 26.