May 9th, 2010
02:22 AM ET

Former Mexican governor extradited to U.S.

A former Mexican governor accused of facilitating drug traffic to the United States was extradited Saturday night, the Mexican Federal Police said.

Mario Ernesto Villanueva Madrid was handed to U.S. officials in New York after spending three years in custody in a Mexican jail.

He is accused of providing police protection to drug shipments for the notorious Juarez cartel from 1993 to 1999 while he was the governor of the southern state of Quintana Roo.

Police say Villanueva received as much as $500,000 each time he coordinated the arrival, transfer and police protection of cocaine from Colombia to the United States.

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  1. Kirby

    You thank he got lush treat in a Mexican jail? You never been there have you?

    May 10, 2010 at 1:51 am | Report abuse |
  2. Snoo

    Wow, a Mexican they had to actually pull over the border instead of pushing him back! 🙂

    May 10, 2010 at 5:28 am | Report abuse |
  3. John Randolph

    Something is morally and unnaturally wrong with the dehumanizing, racist manner in which many Americans view Mexican illegal aliens.

    It is as if American kindheartedness and moral values have somehow been lost. Now unconscious egos destructively rule thoughts and actions.

    Why are these Americans angry at the Mexican poor and not at the corrupt, cartel controlled abusive Mexican government which refuses to provide for these poor?

    Why is this unconscious hatred being spewed at Mexicans and not at the brutal, murderous violence of the Mexican Drug Cartels?

    Why do these Americans refuse to question Washington about the truth about NAFTA, the "drug war", and the terrorism happening to our neighbors to the south?

    They and their politicians will have us close our borders. They and their politicians will let Mexico collapse. They and their politicians will say its Mexico’s fault and it is not "our" problem.

    They and their politicians will blindly wave flags of patriotism as US soldiers are forced to go die and clean up the mess.

    No, we can't help everyone. Yet the results of not addressing terrorism and corruption in Mexico will be catastrophic for us.

    Which terrorist group will fill the void when Mexico falls?

    May 12, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. John Randolph

    Have Washington respond to the article below!

    U.S.-Mexico 'war on drugs' a failure
    By Charles Bowden, Special to CNN
    April 2, 2010 - Updated 1615 GMT (0015 HKT)
    STORY HIGHLIGHTS
    • Charles Bowden: 5,000 killed in Juarez in 27 months, one of most violent cities on Earth
    • Bowden: Innocents die in crossfire among cartels, army, and police
    • He says drug trade is a source of money for the Mexican economy
    • Bowden: U.S. must face NAFTA's failures and the lethal results of \"war on drugs\"
    http://edition.cnn.com/2010/OPINION/03/31/bowden.ciudad.juarez.cartels/?dsq=48332059#comment-48332059

    May 12, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
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