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Tue Oct 18, 2016, 06:36 PM

U.S. extradites businessman accused of drug ties to Mexico

Source: Reuters

U.S. | Tue Oct 18, 2016 | 6:04pm EDT

U.S. extradites businessman accused of drug ties to Mexico

By Mica Rosenberg and Natalie Schachar | NEW YORK/MEXICO CITY

The United States on Tuesday extradited to Mexico a businessman accused of working with drug cartels after $205 million in cash was found at his Mexico City home, ending a years-long legal battle.

Zhenli Ye Gon, who was arrested in the United States in July 2007 after the discovery of the cash, faces charges of organized crime, drug trafficking, firearms and money laundering in Mexico, a spokesman for the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement.

"The United States government recognized Mexico's strong interest in prosecuting its own citizen," said spokesman Peter Carr.

Ye Gon's extradition came after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear his final appeal.

Ye Gon was the former owner of the defunct Mexican pharmaceutical wholesaler Unimed Pharm Chem, which imported chemicals that U.S. and Mexican prosecutors alleged were used to manufacture the illegal drug methamphetamine.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-mexico-idUSKCN12I2SN

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