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Lawyer: Former Mexican governor not owner of properties US says bought with drug money
McALLEN, Texas (AP) ' A lawyer for the former governor of a Mexican state whom U.S. prosecutors accuse of investing millions of dollars of drug cartel bribes in Texas real estate says his client is innocent of the allegations and does not own the properties.
No criminal charges have been filed against Tomas Yarrington, who served as governor of Tamaulipas state from 1999 to 2004. Civil actions were filed Tuesday seeking to seize a condominium in South Padre Island and a 46-acre property in San Antonio that the government says were bought with drug money.
Lawyer Joel Androphy told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Yarrington has no connection to the properties and suggested that other targets of federal investigations have implicated the ex-governor to improve their own situations.