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7:50 am
Wed March 14, 2012

Ex-Reporter Sought In Troubled Sunland Park Extortion Case

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — A former freelance journalist for a Spanish-language El Paso newspaper is wanted in connection to a topless dancer extortion case in a troubled New Mexico border city.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/xsj6ax) that an arrest warrant was issued Tuesday for Jose "Pepe" Reyes who police say arranged for a secret video recording of Sunland Park mayoral contender Gerardo Hernandez receiving a lap dance. Court documents show that Reyes then supplied the footage to Sunland Park officials who opposed Hernandez, in exchange for $5,000 and promise of future work contract with the city worth $5,000.

Reyes is charged with extortion and conspiracy to commit extortion.

Steve Blankinship, prosecutor with the Dona Ana County district attorney's office, said Reyes is a Mexican national, but police believe he lives in El Paso.

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Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News, http://www.lcsun-news.com

 

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