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2 more arrests in NM campaign blackmail plot

2 more city officials arrested in blackmail plot of mayoral candidate By The Associated Press

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) ' Two more officials of a New Mexico border town have been arrested on charges related to a blackmail scheme involving a secretly recorded video of a mayoral candidate getting a topless lap dance.

KVIA-TV in El Paso, Texas, (http://fb.me/1fCgXoxyc ) reports former Sunland Park city councilor Angelica Marquez and the city's public information officer, Armando Alba, were arrested Monday.

Both have been charged with extortion and conspiracy to commit extortion. Marquez was also arrested last week on voting fraud charges.



Including the latest arrests, seven people have been arrested since allegations surfaced a few weeks ago that then Mayor-Pro Tem and now Mayor-elect Daniel Salinas and other city officials tried to force Gerardo Hernandez out of the mayoral race with the recorded video.

Since then, officials have also alleged voter fraud.


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