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UPDATED: Sunland Park Mayor-Elect Arrested Again

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Dona Ana County Assistant District Attorney Scot Key says Daniel Salinas was arrested around midnight on charges related to accusations he gave acting Police Chief Luis Monarez his job in exchange for persuading his sister not to run against a Salinas ally for city council.

Monarez was arrested on bribery and conspiracy charges in the alleged plot earlier Monday.

Salinas was out on bail on extortion and other charges related to accusations he and the city manager tried to force an opponent out of the mayor’s race with a secretly recorded video of him getting a lap dance.

That set off a widespread probe of the troubled border town that has resulted in eight arrests. Key says more arrests are expected.

View the story from this morning’s Journal on the arrest of Monarez, Salinas’ new charges, and the town’s audit.

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