Mexican Officials: Former Tijuana Mayor Arrested over Weapons

Posted June 4th, 2011 at 4:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Mexican officials say a former mayor of the city of Tijuana has been arrested on suspicion of possessing illegal weapons.

Law enforcement authorities told news outlets Saturday that Mexican troops raided Jorge Hank Rhon's house, where they discovered dozens of weapons.

Hank Rhon was mayor of Tijuana, across the border from San Diego, California, from 2004 to 2007.

The son of a prominent figure in the Institutional Revolutionary Party , Hank Rhon owns a chain of casinos, as well as a local soccer team and a private zoo.

In 1999, a report by the U.S. National Drug Intelligence Center identified Hank Rhon as having links to drug trafficking, but then-Attorney General Janet Reno said the report's findings were never adopted as the official government view.

The former mayor, who also ran unsuccessfully for governor of Mexico's Baja California state, has denied accusations of corruption and ties to drug traffickers.