- Associated Press - Friday, October 9, 2015

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) - Another councilor in a troubled New Mexico border city is facing legal troubles just days after another city councilor was taken into custody on drug charges during a special meeting.

Sunland Park City Councilor Daniel De Los Santos was arrested Saturday on allegations he gave beer to two 19-year-olds, including his girlfriend, authorities said. According to a criminal complaint, De Los Santos, 22, told police he brought a 12-pack to a party and knew minors were drinking alcohol but “it wasn’t his life.”

“He also admitted that he brought his own beer and supplied two beers to his friend…and two beers to his girlfriend,” Sunland Park Detective Andy Sanchez said in a court document.

He is facing two counts of selling or giving alcoholic beverages to a minor, a fourth-degree felony.

Sunland Park Mayor Javier Perea said if convicted De Los Santos would be forced to resign.

It was not known if De Los Santos had an attorney.

The arrest comes days after Sunland Park councilor Sergio Carrillo was taken into custody at city hall in connection with drug possession charges.

Carrillo, 29, was charged with possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia stemming from a previous traffic stop.

His attorney, Jess Lilley, says Carrillo has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Earlier this year, a former mayoral candidate in Sunland Park pleaded guilty to extortion for secretly recording an opponent receiving a lap dance from a topless woman.

The city drew national attention in 2012 after news of the recording became public.

The year before the extortion case, former Mayor Martin Resendiz said he was drunk when he signed nine contracts with a California company for $1 million.

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