Mexico arrests Cancun mayor on drug charges

CANCUN, Mexico—The mayor of the resort of Cancun has been arrested on drug trafficking, money laundering and organized crime charges.

A spokesman for the Attorney General’s Office says Gregorio Sanchez was arrested on the federal charges Tuesday at the airport in Cancun.

Spokesman Ricardo Najera says the charges allege Sanchez played a role in fomenting or aiding drug trafficking.

Sanchez recently took a leave of absence from his mayoral post to run for governor of the Caribbean coastal state of Quintana Roo.

It’s believed to be the first time in recent memory that a gubernatorial candidate has been arrested in Mexico on drug charges.

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