Federal prosecutors in Texas charged the former governor of a state in Mexico with taking bribes from a drug cartel as well as having a hand in drug trafficking. The drug-related crimes were allegedly committed by the politico from the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, which is south of the Texas border. He was governor from 1999 to 2004 and also served as a member of Mexico's congress. His lawyer expressed surprise at the prosecutors' actions and said the charges were based on false accusations.
The 56-year-old politician is accused of allegedly collecting bribes from commercial operations. According to media sources, the politician is also accused of stealing public funds, which he later used to buy a private jet. Along with the former governor's indictment, a businessman who reportedly purchased real estate for the governor with front names was also accused of bribing the governor. Both men have not been taken into custody as of yet.