SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — The Las Cruces Sun-News is reporting that two officials of a troubled New Mexico border town have been arrested in an ongoing investigation into Sunland Park city government.
The paper says (http://bit.ly/yEuDo1 ) Mayor pro tem Daniel Salinas and City Manager Jaime Aguilera were both arrested Saturday evening and face identical charges of conspiracy to commit extortion, tampering with evidence and conspiracy. Both were jailed on $50,000 cash bonds.
District Attorney Amy Orlando tells the paper that the investigation is continuing.
The arrests followed law enforcement searches Friday at the home of Salinas, a mayoral candidate, and at his office at Sunland Park City Hall. They also follow news that a special state audit of the city’s finances is under way.
One of Salinas’ opponents, Gerardo Hernandez, alleged last week that someone was attempting to blackmail him in an effort to get him to drop out of the race. A video of Hernandez with a topless dancer surfaced last week. Salinas has denied any involvement.