Ex-CMU trustee pleads not guilty to laundering Mexican cartel drug money

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A Texas lawyer and former Carnegie Mellon University trustee entered a standard not guilty plea today to charges that he helped a Mexican drug cartel launder $600 million in narcotics money.

Marco Delgado, 46, an El Paso business and international trade attorney, appeared briefly before a federal judge in El Paso, who scheduled a detention hearing for Wednesday.

Mr. Delgado was indicted last month under seal on charges that he helped the Milenio drug cartel launder its money in 2007 and 2008.

He was arrested last week by federal Homeland Security agents in El Paso.

Mr. Delgado earned his master's degree at CMU and was on the board of trustees from 2006 until this year.

Reached last night, his lawyer refused comment on the charges.

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Torsten Ove: tove@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1510.


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