- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 6, 2016

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) - The New Mexico Attorney General’s Office has told a northern New Mexico school board member convicted of cocaine possession he must resign or face the law.

KRQE-TV in Albuquerque reports (https://goo.gl/ycW0X1) the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office have given West Las Vegas School Board member Anthony Leroy Benavidez two weeks to step down.

A letter sent to Benavidez says if Benavidez is found to be holding his office illegally by April 20, state prosecutors may file “criminal or civil sanctions.”

State court records show Benavidez was convicted in 2002 for felony drug possession.

New Mexico law prevents convicted felons from holding office without a pardon. Benavidez didn’t disclose his conviction when he ran for office.

Benavidez told KRQE-TV he won’t resign until the attorney general takes him to court.

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Information from: KRQE-TV, https://www.krqe.com


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