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UPDATED: Sunland Park Officials Released

LAS CRUCES (AP) — The mayor-elect of Sunland Park along with the town’s acting police chief are both out of jail. Daniel Salinas and Luis Monarez posted their required bail and both men were released from the Dona Ana County Detention Center Wednesday night.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that a day earlier, a state judge lowered the bail for 28-year-old mayor-elect Salinas to $50,000 and $30,000 for Monarez.

Salinas is alleged to have arranged for Monarez to be rehired at the city’s police station, in exchange for Monarez persuading his sister not to run in a March 6 city council race.

State Judge Lisa Schultz specified Tuesday that Salinas be on house-arrest, once he posted bail.

Both Monarez and Salinas pleaded not guilty during their initial court appearance.

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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.