Former Mexico officials with ties to Texas under investigation

On Feb. 8, federal agents raided the Stone Oak-area home of Antonio Peña Arguelles, arresting the 56-year-old legal resident from Mexico and accusing him of money laundering. An affidavit filed by a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent outlining the allegations against Peña Arguelles made serious accusations about Yarrington.

Tomás Yarrington Ruvalcaba

A former governor of the Mexican border state of Tamaulipas forged close ties with Texas politicians before investigations in that country and a recent arrest in San Antonio cast a shadow over his tenure.

Tomás Yarrington Ruvalcaba, who ran Tamaulipas from 1999 to 2005, is one of three former governors the Mexican government acknowledged this month are the targets of a corruption probe.

And documents in a criminal case in Texas allege that Yarrington, who worked hand in hand with his Texas counterparts during his career as state treasurer, governor, Mexican congressman and border mayor, was on the take from one of Mexico’s most notorious drug cartels.

The former Tamaulipas governors facing investigation in Mexico — Yarrington, Eugenio Hernández and Manuel Cavazos Lerma — often crossed the Rio Grande to rub elbows and pose for photos with their colleagues in Texas.

Yarrington, who has not been charged with any crimes and has publicly denied any wrongdoing, was once honored by the Texas Senate.


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