Cancun's Mayor Arrested

Interesting stuff going on in Cancun right now. Our beloved (*cough*cough*) mayor, Greg Sanchez, recently stepped down from his post in order to run for governor. The upcoming elections are on July 4.

This week, Greg Sanchez was arrested. *gasp* He’s accused of protecting two drug cartels, drug trafficking and money laundering.

For more (better) information, you can check out this article:

Cancun Mayor’s Arrest Fuels Fears of Drug Politics

I’m not quite sure what to think of this. I’m pretty sure that the other political party wanted him arrested in order to affect the outcome of the election (otherwise the police would NEVER have arrested him).

The question remains as to whether or not he did it. I wouldn’t be surprised, since he was recently caught using a specialized spy center that was used to listen in on phone calls.

Then there was the whole business with tearing down the Ombligo Verde to build the new City Hall, because he supposedly gifted the old City Hall area to someone he owed money to. You can read a little about that here:

Destruction of the Ombligo Verde to Build Cancun’s New City Hall

I guess everyone’s innocent until proven guilty, and there’s so much corruption in Mexican politics that you never know who to believe. (Then again, that’s not just in Mexico… other countries just seem to be better about hiding it.)

Many people got together yesterday (called to action by Greg’s political campaign, surprise surprise) to protest his arrest, saying it was purely based on political agenda. Can’t say I disagree, but does that make him innocent? Who knows.

Here’s a huge sign I took a picture of yesterday. My coworkers always joked that he looks like Mr. Burns from the Simpsons in this photo. That joke is so much funnier today than it was 2 days ago.

"With you... a new path... a new government. GREG governor 2011 - 2016"

19 thoughts on “Cancun's Mayor Arrested

  1. Lot’s of unrest in Cancun these days. Tuesday night in the building next to me a young man was murdered presumably by the Zetas. We arrived 10 minutes after the shooting. Their building was inundated with police from every sector, federal etc. A little too close to home.

    • Wow, I’m glad you’re ok. It’s frustrating that so much is done to keep the Hotel Zone safe, but for locals it’s every man for himself. What gives me comfort is that only people involved in not-so-great stuff seem to be targeted, for the most part. If you keep your nose clean, it’s pretty safe.

  2. *sigh* So much corruption in politics no matter where you are in the world. Earlier this year, Charm City’s mayor stepped down because she was stealing from charities.

  3. Yikes! I’m glad you’re keeping your nose clean. I do get nervous about these types of situations. I’m a very nervous person anyway, but when I don’t know who to trust and can’t turn to the authorities (who you are right, can be corrupt anywhere)…it become every man for themselves and very brutal.

  4. coming from a country where this is daily news, i’d say that this is election-related. people knew of his alleged relations with the drug cartel, but they have been sitting on it. why? so they can spring this on him at the appropriate time – election season.

    oh, have you decided on a cake design yet? wait, you’ll have a wedding cake, right? 🙂

  5. Salt – oh my gosh, who steals from charities?? That’s ten times worse!

    Ang – What?

    Nikki – Right. Here people don’t even call the cops when something happens.

    Cheri – I agree. Plus everyone knows that everyone else does it. Very convenient timing. Yes I have! Soon I’ll do a post with my invitations and cake design, if you want. 🙂

    Drama Mama – I don’t pay too much attention either… which is why this post lacks an *gasp* actual opinion. All I can do is vaguely speculate 🙂 Hi back!!

  6. When I was reading, I was thinking the same as you, there is definitely a certain level of corruption in all governments.

    I try to not get too engrossed in politics because it’s one of those things that makes my blood boil and there’s not much I can do to change it. And chances are, it not above board to being with.

  7. oh my gosh, I think i started drinking straight vodka while I was typing that last sentence. I was trying to type “it’S not above board to beGIN with.” Whew, now I need another drink.

    How was your cookie? 🙂

    • definitely! It gives me a headache to think about it too much, especially when I’m so helpless about it. Yeah, I was wondering about that sentence. Thanks for the correction.

      Haven’t had a cookie yet, but I’m about to head out for some empanadas for lunch 🙂

  8. Amiga – I soooo don’t know what to believe either? Sad, right? Like we should assume they have enough “legitimate” evidence against the guy to arrest him… Sad that we can’t assume the authorities have done their due diligence! I trust the army…that’s about it 🙂

  9. OK, here’s one for you. Marion Barry, mayor of Washington DC from 1979 to 1991. He was busted on drug charges, convicted and served six months in federal prison. When he gets out of prison and gets elected to the Washington city council. In 1994 he was reelected as mayor of DC and served until 1999. I just love politics. Don’t even get me started on the Richmond, VA city council.

  10. LOL none of that surprises me in the least and I imagine it’s all true! It’s crazy the things we get used to here right? But you’re quite right – they would NEVER have arrested him for such a thing unless there was some serious ulterior motive going on. 😀

  11. Lauren – I know! Isn’t it awful how we always just assume the worst?

    Daddy – He got elected after that??!! Now THAT’S charisma.

    Lady Mama – My guess is it’s both (the opposition knew and chose exactly the right moment to give the green light)… but no, definitely no good news in any of this.

    Gringa – Yeah, I wasn’t surprised either. 2 weeks after campaigning starts? Puh-lease. The best news is that he’s STILL RUNNING. His wife is running his campaign, I think. They’re using the platform that he was framed by the other party.

  12. Man, that’s pretty scary. Yes, every government has some level of corruption. Which i get. Well, the fact that it’s easy to be sucked into the power game. But still… in bed with the drug cartels?? Like, the scary ones that are killing a crapload of people in interior Mexico?? And now they’re spreading to Quintana Roo? SCARY.

  13. Yikes- that’s quite a few accusations there! But then again, I come from the state that had Rod Blagojevich running it…

    For some reason I’m cracking up that his name is Greg Sanchez. It’s like “Brady Bunch” meets “Sabado Gigante!”

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