LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Both the Mayor Elect and Chief of Police of Sunland Park were behind bars Tuesday night on charges of bribery. They both appeared in court Tuesday afternoon and plead not guilty.
Law enforcement was buckling down on the situation. Regarding Mayor Elect Daniel Salinas, his newest bond condition was house arrest if he managed to bond out of jail.
Salinas turned himself into the Dona Ana County Detention Center at 11:30 p.m. Monday night.
The defense argued that Salinas was not a flight risk since he surrendered himself and he hadn't previously violated his conditions of bond after being arrested for extortion.
On Tuesday, the judge reduced his bond from a cash bond to a $50,000 secured bond.
"Salinas has to give up his passport and can only leave his house for medical appointments or to see his attorney in El Paso County," said Salinas' Defense Attorney Joshua Spencer.
Chief of Police Luis Monarrez also appeared in court after being arrested Monday afternoon. He was given a $30,000 secured bond. If and when he posts bail, he was forbidden to have contact with any city employee or the police department and was to give up any and all firearms. Monrarrez was also forbidden to leave Dona Ana County at this time.