Mexican beauty queen gets jail in drug gang probe

December 27th, 2008 - 7:20 am ICT by IANS  

Mexico City, Dec 27 (DPA) The Mexican beauty queen arrested shortly before Christmas on suspected connections to illegal drugs has been sentenced to 40 days into jail by the state’s attorney.Laura Elena Zuniga Huizar, 23, who is Hispanic America Queen 2008 and was to represent Mexico in the Miss Universe 2009 pageant, is suspected of membership in a criminal organization, possessing illegal weapons and criminal violations of public health.

Suniga insisted at the time of her arrest Tuesday that she did not know that her lover was a drug dealer and member of the Juarez drug cartel.

She was arrested in Guadalajara along with eight heavily armed men during an anti-drug raid at a checkpoint in Guadalajara, about 600 km northwest of Mexico City.

They were carrying automatic weapons, pistols, 16 mobile phones, $20,000 in cash and munitions, police said.

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