Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that MARIO VILLANUEVA MADRID, the former governor of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, was sentenced today in Manhattan federal court. VILLANUEVA MADRID received a sentence of 131 months in prison for conspiring to launder millions of dollars in narcotics bribe payments that he received from the Juarez Cartel – one of Mexico’s most notorious and violent cocaine cartels – through accounts at banks in the United States and other countries. VILLANUEVA MADRID, 65, was extradited from Mexico in May 2010.
He pled guilty on August 2, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero, who also imposed today’s sentence. Judge Marrero stated that he viewed the appropriate sentence to be 204 months’ imprisonment, less 73 months for the time VILLANUEVA MADRID spent in Mexican custody on related Mexican charges, and he therefore imposed a final sentence of 131 months’ imprisonment in the United States.