Mexico arrested Mayor of Cancun accused of money laundering and links to drug cartels.
The mayor of the Mexican beach resort of Cancun has been arrested and charged with money laundering and drug-related crimes, making him one of the highest-ranking public officials swept up in Mexico's crackdown on narcotics traffickers.
MEXICO CITY — A former mayor of Cancun who was running for governor of his Caribbean state laundered cash for two drug cartels, prosecutors charged Wednesday, a possible new sign of the taint of narcotics on Mexican politics.
Police arrested Gregorio Sanchez Martinez, who was running for governor , was arrested at the resort’s airport late Tuesday.
Sanchez moved millions of dollars in suspicious funds through his bank accounts, a spokesman for the federal Attorney General’s Office, Ricardo Najera, said at a news conference early Wednesday.
“We are certain that many people around him are also involved,” Najera said.
He linked Sanchez to the Beltran Leyva and Los Zetas drug cartels and said Sanchez “provided them information and protection to facilitate their illicit activities.”
As federal police put Sanchez on a plane from Cancun, the… READ MORE HERE.