Cancun mayor accused of smuggling migrants

CREATED Jul 20, 2011

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Web Producer: Mary Coleman

CANCUN, Mexico (AP) - The former mayor of Cancun is being accused by prosecutors in Mexico of smuggling Cuban migrants.

According to organized crime prosecutor Patricia Bugarin, former Mayor Gregorio Sanchez faces migrant trafficking charges in addition to drug charges pending against him. Sanchez says he's innocent.

With judges being on vacation, prosecutors can't get an arrest warrant for Sanchez.

Bugarin said Wednesday Sanchez will be freed with a monitoring device on the condition he stay in Mexico City as the case proceeds. It's the first time prosecutors have used the device in Mexico.

While campaigning for governor of his state, Sanchez was arrested in May 2010. A judge previously dismissed drug and money laundering charges, but he was re-apprehended Saturday.