Photo: Former Tijuana Mayor Arrested, His Political Party Is Outraged
Saturday, former Tijuana mayor, Jorge Hank Rhon was arrested after a tip led soldiers to his property, where they found 88 weapons. The arrest has sparked an outcry from members of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), that claim their political opponents staged the arrest to taint the party’s name just before the 2012 elections.
In a statement, the National Defense Secretariat said soldiers in Tijuana raided Hank’s property just before dawn on Saturday, where 40 rifles, 48 handguns, and more than 9,000 rounds of ammunition were recovered. Hank and 10 other people believed to be employees and family members were turned over to state prosecutors of firearms violations, as Mexican law prohibits citizens from having these weapons.
The ex-mayor is a parent to 19 children, and operates gambling parlors and hotels all across Mexico. He’s known as one of the country’s most colorful politicians, and is even known to favor drinking his tequila garnished with scorpions and the rattle of a rattlesnake.
It has been alleged that Hank is involved in corruption, cronyism, and drug trafficking. Though he once said he was so rich that he was incorruptible.
A Wikileaks-obtained cable from 2009 stated that Hank is “widely believed to have been a corrupt mayor” and is thought “to be still involved in narco-trafficking.”
Political opponents of current president, Felipe Calderon, member of the National Action Party (PAN) are worried that he is using arrests like these to intimidate any political foes.
Photo Credits: Miami Herald