Former Governor of Mexican State Extradited For Conspiring To Import Hundreds of Tons of Cocaine and Laundering Millions of Dollars In Bribe Payments Through Lehman Brothers

JOHN P. GILBRIDE, the Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) and PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced today the extradition from Mexico of MARIO ERNESTO VILLANUEVA MADRID, the former governor of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, on charges that he accepted millions of dollars in bribes from the notorious Juarez Cartel, in exchange for assisting in the importation of over two hundred tons of cocaine onto American streets. VILLANUEVA MADRID was also extradited on a second Indictment in which he is charged with laundering nearly $19 million in drug proceeds through accounts at Lehman Brothers in New York and elsewhere.

Marijuana Concealed in Toddler Chairs Highlights Enforcement Activity

El Paso, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at ports of entry in El Paso, West Texas, and New Mexico seized almost 1,300 pounds of illegal drugs during the past seven days. Seizure activity included 15 marijuana busts totaling 1,231 pounds and a pair of cocaine seizures netting 66 pounds.

Federal Aid Programs For California Disaster Recovery

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama’s major disaster declaration issued for the state of California:

Assistance for the State and Affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:

  • Payment of not less than 75 percent of the eligible costs for repairing or replacing damaged public facilities, such as roads, bridges, utilities, buildings, schools, recreational areas and similar publicly owned property, as well as certain private non-profit organizations engaged in community service activities. (Source: FEMA funded, state administered.)

Petco Park Pull Out All the Stops for Local High School Baseball

By Jim Predmore

Petco Park pulled out all the stops as they welcomed high school athletes from throughout Southern California for a chance to have a “Big League Experience”; not only for the players, but for the parents, fans and the entire community.

The ballpark was in immaculate condition for the young players. The Padres staff made every effort to make this a special experience. They were vacuuming the field, repacking the mound, painting new baselines and batters box, all in an effort to make the players feel like there were in the Big Leagues.