Mexican federal prosecutors have seized a ranch and the offices of former Tamaulipas state Gov. Eugenio Hernandez Flores.
A state official says soldiers and federal agents with the organized crime branch of the Attorney General's Office raided Flores' properties Tuesday. The official who deployed agents to guard the area spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to talk to the press.
U.S. authorities allege a previous ex-governor of the northern border state, Tomas Yarrington, took money from the Gulf and the Zetas cartel. That charge is made in several civil and criminal cases filed against other defendants tied to Yarrington. The cases cite testimony of witnesses who spoke to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
Neither Hernandez nor Yarrington have been charged with any crime.