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Old 05-26-2010   #1 (permalink)
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Cancun's Mayor, Greg Sanchéz, arrested

Rumours and gossip had been doing the rounds for a while about Cancun's Mayor and candidate for the next Q Roo Governor less savoury activities.

Now the Feds have collared Greg as he arrived back to Cancun airport.

The charges: money laundering, relationships with organised crime, links to the murder of general Mauro Tello Quiñones lasy year (who was sent to Cancun to tackle the drug gangs etc).

More will come out in the wash methinks.

http://www.noticaribe.com.mx/cancun/2010/05/detienen_a_gregorio_en_aeropuerto_de_cancun_y_lo_s e_llevan_a.html
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CUN mayor arrested --

Mexican authorities arrest Cancun mayor on drug, money laundering charges


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CANCUN, Mexico (AP) — Mexican federal police have arrested the mayor of the resort city of Cancun on drug trafficking, money laundering and organized crime charges.
Gregorio Sanchez, who took a leave of absence from his mayoral post to run for governor of the Caribbean coastal state of Quintana Roo, was taken into custody at Cancun's international airport after arriving on a flight from Mexico City.
While Mexico's 2010 elections have been marred by violence and allegations of drug cartel involvement, officials said they could not immediately remember another case in which a gubernatorial candidate has been arrested on drug charges.
"This takes us all by surprise, it is unprecedented," said current Quintana Roo Gov. Felix Gonzalez Cantu.
Ricardo Najera, a spokesman for the federal Attorney General's Office, said the charges allege Sanchez played a role in fomenting or aiding drug trafficking.


Sanchez's website published an article in which the candidate for the leftist Democratic Revolution Party and two smaller parties said he was being persecuted for political reasons.
The site quoted Sanchez as saying he had been threatened. "Resign from the race, or we are going to put you in jail or kill you," Sanchez said in describing one of the threats.
A Twitter account linked to the site vowed to continue Sanchez's campaign and asked people to protest his arrest and vote for him.
Sanchez, a populist who pledged to bring services to the impoverished majority of residents who live on the outskirts of the glittering resort, took on the established and entrenched political machine of the long-ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party.
The political fight in the state has been bitter — soldiers discovered two apartments fitted out with equipment for telephone eavesdropping, that local media said may be linked to political espionage. But drug cartels have long been active in the state, as well.
In 2009, prosecutors arrested Cancun's police chief, Francisco Velasco, to investigate whether he protected the Zetas drug gang.
Velasco had already been detained for questioning in the killing of retired Brig. Gen. Mauro Enrique Tello, whose bullet-riddled body was found in a car in early 2009, shortly after the Cancun city government hired him as a security consultant to combat local corruption and asked him to set up the elite force.
Quintana Roo state, where Cancun is located, has seen its share of officials detained for allegedly aiding drug cartels, including a former governor who was arrested just after he left office and sentenced to 36 years for money laundering and helping a drug cartel smuggle narcotics.
Bundles of cocaine sometimes wash ashore in the region because smugglers drop drugs from boats or small planes for gangs to retrieve and move into the U.S.
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Yes...interesting in deed. More will be unraveled soon.


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Rumours and gossip had been doing the rounds for a while about Cancun's Mayor and candidate for the next Q Roo Governor less savoury activities.

Now the Feds have collared Greg as he arrived back to Cancun airport.

The charges: money laundering, relationships with organised crime, links to the murder of general Mauro Tello Quiñones lasy year (who was sent to Cancun to tackle the drug gangs etc).

More will come out in the wash methinks.

Detienen a Gregorio en aeropuerto de Cancún y lo trasladan a Nayarit; vinculado con "zetas" y los Beltrán Leyva: PGR - Cancún
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Mayor of Cancun arrested

The Mayor of Cancun, Greg Sanchez, and candidate for Governor of Quintana Roo was just arrested by the Federal Police and taken to a maximum security prison in the state of Nayarit. .......another one bites the dust????
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What are the charges??
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Money laundering and ties to drug cartels. This does not sound good. He claims political persecution, being in the Democrtaic Revolution Party, not Calderon's party....
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What are the charges??
Two guesses and the first doesn't count. What is the former Gov. of Q. Roo in New York Federal detention awaiting trail for? Same general thing.
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Often these things are common knowledge. Even when proved guilty beyond all doubt there's always some diehard support that still wants them in power. Weird.

Even my plumber knew he was involved with the narcos. I've seen email campaigns listing many abuses of civic power, bullying, etc.
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U.S. Consulate Merida, Mexico

Warden Message – Demonstrations – Cancun, Mexico

Dated: May 26, 2010

The U.S. Consulate in Merida has learned that a group is planning to hold demonstrations in Cancun on Wednesday, May 26, 2010. According to media reports, the mayor of Cancun, who is also running for governor of the state of Quintana Roo, was arrested late on May 25, 2010 and his campaign organizers and supporters have called for demonstrations to take place at various locations in the city of Cancun. Please note the locations mentioned up to this point in time are not in or near the hotel zone where most American tourists in Cancun stay. Demonstrations may take place over the next couple of days.

Even demonstrations that are meant to be peaceful can become violent and unpredictable. You should avoid them if at all possible. Be alert and aware of your surroundings and pay attention to what the local news media has to say.

It is illegal in Mexico for foreigners to participate in demonstrations. If you take part in one, you may be arrested.

This warden message expires on Friday, May 28, 2010.

You can stay in touch and get updates by checking the Consulate website, found here: Citizen Services - U.S. Consulate Merida, Mexico. You can also get global updates at the U.S. Department of State's website, Welcome to Travel.State.Gov, where you can find the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information. The U.S. Consulate also encourages U.S. citizens to review "A safe trip abroad", which includes valuable security information for those both living and traveling abroad. If you don't have internet access, we have a call center for updates--1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. and Canada, or outside the U.S. and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.

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CONSULAR AGENCY CANCUN (Plaza Caracol , second level, no. 320-323, Boulevard Kukulcan, km. 8.5, Zona Hotelera, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico).

The Consular Agency in Cancun is normally open for walk-in services Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. It is recommended you call ahead. To gain entry to the Plaza Caracol mall, where most stores do not open until 10:00am, please use the main door near Starbucks or the side door which faces the hotel side of the street.

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CONSULAR AGENCY COZUMEL (Plaza Villa Mar en el Centro, Plaza Principal, (Parque Juárez between Melgar and 5th Avenue) 2nd floor, locales #8 and 9, Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico).

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011-52-987-872-4574 (direct dial from the U.S.)
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CONSULAR AGENCY PLAYA DEL CARMEN ("The Palapa," Calle 1 Sur, between Avenida 15 and Avenida 20, Playa Del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico).

The U.S. Consular Agency in Playa del Carmen is open for business Monday through Thursday, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Please make an appointment by calling the office phone during normal office hours or send an email to playausca@gmail.com containing information about the service you require, your contact information and a preferred time for your appointment within normal office hours. Emergency cases are accepted as walk-ins.

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Is every polition in Mexico corrupt and in the drug business one way or the other?
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No, or we'd have problems like Somalia or Zimbabwe, I reckon.
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This Greg? Shame on you Greg!
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maybe he did and maybe he didn't
it probably is politically motivated
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maybe he did and maybe he didn't
it probably is politically motivated
Snappy, it may be a little politically motivated but I am sure that there is a great bit of truth associated with the charges. The ex-gov of Q.Roo who is about to be tried in the U.S. was receiving $500,000 USD for every load of drugs that he turned a blind eye to that "passed through" Q.Roo. Supposedly he received close to 19 million USD for his help. It would be hard to resist those kinds of numbers/dollars.

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