By Sandra Dibble
Sign on San Diego
The Mexican military this morning detained former mayor Jorge Hank Rhon on firearms charges at his residence near the Agua Caliente racetrack, authorities said.
A state government source said that the soldiers seized more than 50 weapons at the home of the gambling tycoon, who was elected mayor of Tijuana in 2004. A member of Mexico’s Institutional Revolutionary Party, the PRI, Hank lost his bid for governor in 2007 to the state’s current governor, Jose Guadalupe Osuna Millan, a member of President Felipe Calderon's National Action Party.
Hank has long been a controversial figure on both sides of the border. In 1999, a draft report by the National Drug Intelligence Center, an agency of the U.S. Department of Justice, alleged his family was involved in money laundering and drug trafficking and implied that it was protected because of its ties to t he PRI. But then-attorney general Janet Reno disavowed the report and said its findings were not adopted as government policy.
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