- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) - A councilor in a troubled New Mexico border city has been arrested on misdemeanor drug charges in the middle of a special council meeting.

Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office says Sunland Park councilor Sergio Carrillo was taken into custody Monday at city hall and the arrest stems from a traffic stop on Sunday.

The 29-year-old Carrillo was charged with possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

It was not known if Carrillo had an attorney.

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.


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