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Chinese-Mexican businessman extradited to Mexico

FILE - In this May 17, 2007 file photo, Chinese-Mexican businessman Zhenli Ye Gon is interviewed in his lawyer's office in Queens, N.Y. The businessman was extradited from the U.S. to Mexico, according to Deputy Attorney General Salvador Sandoval on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016. Ye Gon had been jailed in the U.S. since July 2007, when authorities seized more than $205 million from his Mexico City mansion, one of the largest drug-related cash seizures ever. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
October 18, 2016 - 12:29 PM

MEXICO CITY - A Chinese-Mexican businessman who had fought extradition from the United States for years has arrived in Mexico.

Deputy Attorney General Salvador Sandoval said in a news conference Tuesday that Zhenli Ye Gon would be taken to the maximum-security Altiplano prison. Sandoval showed a live feed of Ye Gon arriving at the Mexico City airport.

Ye Gon had been jailed in the United States since July 2007, when authorities seized more than $205 million from his Mexico City mansion, one of the largest drug-related cash seizures ever.

Ye Gon claimed chemicals he imported were for use in legitimate prescription drugs. He fought to stay in the United States because he said he couldn't receive a fair trial in Mexico.

News from © The Associated Press, 2016
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