Ex-Reporter Sought In Troubled Sunland Park Extortion Case

Mar 14, 2012

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 ( 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.


Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News,


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