Former Carnegie Mellon U Trustee Accused Of Laundering Millions In Mexican Drug Cartel Cash

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A former Carnegie Mellon University trustee is in federal custody in Texas and faces a detention hearing Thursday in connection with charges that he helped a Mexican drug cartel launder some $600 million.

Agents with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security arrested Marco Delgado, 46, an El Paso lawyer, at a restaurant in that city on Friday. He is charged with conspiracy to launder money for the Milenio drug cartel, also known as Cartel de los Valencia, based in the Mexican state of Jalisco.

Mr. Delgado appeared in federal court Monday for an initial appearance hearing before a federal magistrate. The government has moved to detain him as a flight risk and a detention hearing will be held Thursday at 9:30 to address that request.

More details of the investigation are expected to emerge at that hearing.

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