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Mexican state official and wife arrested by feds in Tucson

Roberto Romero López, a former member of Sonora's state government in Mexico, and his wife were arrested Monday by federal agents in Tucson. The couple are wanted in Mexico on corruption charges connected to a planned aqueduct in Hermosillo.

An official with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed that Romero and his wife Monica Robles Manzanedo were arrested by agents with Homeland Security Investigation on administrative immigration violations. 

The couple were detained. 

Both Romero and his wife were taken to an ICE facility, pending their hearings and possible extradition.

A federal judge in Mexico issued a warrant for the couple's arrest in February 2016 for their alleged role in a scheme to profit from the construction of a large-scale aqueduct that would carry water from the El Novillo Dam to Hermosillo, a city of 700,000 people roughly 214 miles south of Tucson. 

The project was opposed by farmers in the Yaqui Valley and they sued, attempting to block the project. Romero allegedly used his position as the Technical Secretary of the Governor to push the project forward and is charged with influence peddling, illicit enrichment, embezzlement, and abuse of his authority to the detriment of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food or SAGARPA. 

The couple were also wanted by U.S. Marshals and Interpol, which issued a "red card" for their arrest and extradition. 

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