Mexican Governor Denies He Is Drug User!

Mexican Governor Denies He Is Drug User!
Posted by FoM on March 20, 1999 at 16:48:48 PT

MEXICO CITY, A Mexican governor under investigation for suspected drug links detailed the charges against him, ranging from cocaine use to lending air hangars to drug traffickers, but denied them all, media reported on Saturday. 
Mexico's Attorney General's Office (PGR) says Mario Villanueva, governor of the Caribbean state Quintana Roo that includes the world famous resort Cancun, is being investigated for possibly abetting the drug trade. The PGR has yet to detail any specific allegations against Villanueva, but the governor, who repeatedly has denied any links to drug cartels, spelled them out Friday. He denied all the PGR's charges, which he said included that his drug links are widely known publicly in Quintana Roo, that he has lent a state hangar to drug traffickers to load and unload cocaine, that he personally has met with and granted protection to drug lords, and that he personally uses cocaine. "They are fabricating evidence," Villanueva alleged. Quintana Roo, on the Yucatan peninsula, has a long and desolate Caribbean coast that officials say has become a major conduit for Colombian cocaine making its way to the United States. Speaking during an annual address by the chief justice of the Quintana Roo Supreme Court, Villanueva's nearly hourlong discourse was carried live by most of the radio stations in the southeastern state, Reforma newspaper said. He blasted the government for harassing him with an illegal and politically motivated probe. "The action by the Attorney General's Office continues to violate the law. They are carrying out a perverse plot," Villanueva said. Villanueva belongs to President Ernesto Zedillo's Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which has ruled Mexico uninterrupted for 70 years. On Feb. 21 the PRI candidate for governor, Joaquin Hendricks Diaz, easily outdistanced rivals from opposition parties and will take over from Villanueva on April 5. In an interview with Reuters last month, Villanueva said, "The things they have published about me are all lies, I have no links to drug-trafficking." Copyright 1999 Reuters Limited.All rights reserved. 
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