President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador suggested that part of the money be used in the government campaign for drug prevention.
The US Department of Justice will return to Mexico through the Attorney General’s Office (FGR) some 246.1 million dollars that were seized from Hector Villarreal, former Secretary of Finance for the state of Coahuila during the Government of Humberto Moreira (2005-2011), Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador reported this Wednesday.
During his morning conference from the National Palace, the head of state described it as a “considerable amount” and, therefore, proposed to the attorney general, Alejandro Gertz Manero, that it be used to prevent drug use among the youth population.
“That a part of that resource be used to prevent drug use, that it be used for the campaign we have and that everything related to drug addiction can be preventedaimed basically at young people and families,” he said.
However, Lopez Obrador clarified that the US Department of Justice has not yet specified whether they will deliver the money in full or in installments. “But there is already an official acceptance”qualified.
The former official was accused of acquiring houses, land and businesses in exclusive areas of the state of Texas during his tenure as Secretary of Finance for the Mexican town of Coahuila.
Villareal turned himself in to the US authorities in February 2014 and the following year pleaded guilty to the crimes of money laundering and conspiracy to transport illicit money.
The former official agreed with the US authorities to cooperate with the Justice to deliver bank accounts and properties, so that he could obtain probation.