Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Salinas Investigated on Allegations of Ties to Drug Cartels

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 |

By Samantha Manning

KFOX14

For a third time in less than two months, Daniel Salinas pleaded not guilty, this time to 18 counts of fraud and receiving illegal kickbacks while serving as mayor pro-tem.

During Monday's court appearance, the Dona Ana County district attorney's office revealed that the state is investigating Salinas on allegations that he may have connections with drug cartels in Mexico.

"That is what we are hearing, is that Mr. Salinas has ties to the drug cartel," Dona Ana County District Attorney Amy Orlando said.

"That is ludicrous," Salinas' Defense Attorney Joshua Spencer said. "I mean, I haven't received, they haven't given any indication of that."

Orlando said the case is still ongoing.

Orlando said that the fact that Salinas was able to make bond the first two times, totaling around $55,000, raises some red flags.

"The lifestyle that Mr. Salinas lives and knowing that his only income was that of the mayor pro-tem seems to substantiate some of those allegations," Orlando said.

A district judge reduced Salinas' bond from $1 million to $250,000 cash.

Salinas was first arrested in February on extortion charges after allegedly blackmailing his opponent in the mayoral race with the release of a video of him with a topless dancer.
 
Salinas was also arrested last month on bribery charges for allegedly giving the acting police chief his position in exchange for convincing an opponent of one his supporters in City Council to drop out of the race.

"What I've talked to with Mr. Salinas is that there's nothing he can't explain," Spencer said.

If Salinas bonds out, he will be put on house arrest.

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9 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

Sweet... Now those scum bags are infiltrating city mayors. I'm sure it's not new.

Anonymous said...

No, it's not new.This has been going on since the 80s. The only difference between corruption in Mexico & the USA is that in the states it's a well oiled machine, very smooth, organized & slimey. Mexicans should take pointers from the USA.

Anonymous said...

Can't trust a Hispanic politician!!This coming from a Mexican-American.Would never vote for one!!!

Anonymous said...

Not True..!! "Cisco Kid" was a Mexican and everybody loved him....!!!!

Anonymous said...

You just can't trust any politician Hispanic ,white ,black. They all work for the highest bidder. UsA works for lobbyists who bid the highest so their corporations can make money. Mexico to its druglords ties, and American corporations. South America same.Europe as well as Africa and Asia. We all know the only color they care is green. We the people have no real voice. If we did there wouldn't be wars in the middle east caused by Europe and western countries. We wouldst have a global war on drugs. We wouldn't even have militias in the first place ,as we know militias are form when the gov can't provide what the people ask for or their rights as well as their well beings are being harmed. Worldwide problems start with the biggest cartels Politicians!

Anonymous said...

The cartels need to start killing their real enemy. The death and drug enforcement officers. Leave your own people alone. Its time for a brown world
Americas wars are racially and ethnically based. Kill Whitey. I'm loaded up ready. Question viva mi taxation

Anonymous said...

The cartels need to start killing their real enemy. The death and drug enforcement officers. Leave your own people alone. Its time for a brown world
Americas wars are racially and ethnically based. Kill Whitey. I'm loaded up ready. Question viva mi taxation

People like you are the reason ignorance is high among us mexicans. You think that a bunch of stupid idiots like you will overthrow our country. You want to make a difference then get educated shithead.

Anonymous said...

A crooked dirty politician in Mexico? NO!!! Are you serious? Not Mexico???

Anonymous said...

USA MUST GO AFTER MEXICAN PRESIDENTS THAT HAVE TIES TO CARTELS NARCO PRESIDENTS ITS TIME TO GO TO JAIL YES THAT WILL BRING HOPE TO THE PEOPLE.

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