Hours after Sarah Fuentes was elected to head the Youth Affairs office of the PAN party in Chihuahua this weekend, a photograph spread through the internet showing the newly elected official holding an assault weapon in a pose made popular by youthful drug cartel "sicarios".
Fuentes admitted the photograph was taken five years ago during a gathering of law school students and the weapon belonged to a state ministerial policeman that accompanied a friend.
"Its a photograph taken five years ago when I was 19, and I don't see anything wrong because its a police weapon" said Fuentes.
"For me the picture demonstrates my admiration and respect for our police."
"In any case I feel bad about this and offer my apologies to anybody that may have been offended by this image." added Fuentes.