Drug Cops Bust Cancun's Mayor

Gubernatorial candidate insists he's innocent
By Emily Rauhala,  Newser User
Posted May 27, 2010 7:14 AM CDT
Gregorio Sanchez, mayor of the resort city of Cancun, center, greets people while surrounded by security personnel in Cancun, Mexico.   (AP Photo/Novedades de Quintana Roo)
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(Newser) – Mexico's drug war just got messier: Police have arrested Cancun's mayor for his alleged ties to organized crime. Gregorio Sánchez is a high-profile gubernatorial candidate whose arrest signals growing concern about the influence drug kingpins have on politicians, notes the Wall Street Journal. "Voters in Mexico are asking 'am I looking at a slate of candidates or a most-wanted list?'" a security expert says.

But Sánchez maintains he's innocent: "I've been illegally detained," he told his Twitter followers after his Tuesday arrest. "This is a blatant attempt to prevent Greg from being candidate and eventually governor," added his party's president.

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