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Over 2 million in cash located on ranch of recently jailed former governor

Galeana, Nuevo León — Two guns and more than two million in cash were found during a weekend search of a ranch. The ranch searched belonged to the former Nuevo León governor, Jaime Rodríguez Calderón (El Bronco).

Over the weekend, the Attorney General of the State of Nuevo León reported that after searching the former governor’s ranch in Galeana, they found 2.1 million peso in cash, as well as two safes and two weapons.

The ranch was searched after authorities were issued a warrant. Aside from cash, police located a .30-30 rifle and a .357 Magnum revolver. The safes found on the property were transferred to Monterrey, where they will be opened and their contents will be analyzed.

According to the Prosecutor’s Office, the intention of the searches is to locate evidence or indications of resources of illicit origin, according to the ongoing investigation against him.

“These activities have been carried out in accordance with the parameters established by law to protect due process and guarantee the chain of custody of the evidence collected during the proceedings carried out under the direction of the Public Ministry,” they agency said adding that “precise details of the investigation will be kept confidential in accordance with the principle of presumption of innocence.”

The former governor was arrested on March 15, in the municipality of General Terán. He has since had his day in a court room where he was officially charged for electoral crimes, specifically, for receiving financial contributions in the framework of the 2018 presidential campaign.

On March 16, Judge, Carlos Alberto Salas, heard another complaint that had been filed against Rodríguez Calderón. During the hearing, the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office filed an additional complaint against the former governor for abuse of authority when, in 2016, he allegedly ordered that the company that managed the Ecovía transport service be requisitioned.