The former governor of the southern state of Chiapas was arrested in the Mexican Caribbean resort city of Cancun on misappropriation of funds and criminal conspiracy charges, state officials said.

Pablo Salazar Mendiguchia, who was in office from 2000 to 2006, was arrested on Tuesday on charges that he and officials in his administration misappropriated 104 million pesos ($8.6 million), the Chiapas state government said.

The former governor faces a 20-year prison sentence if convicted of the charges, officials said.

Salazar Mendiguchia paid himself and a group of former officials illegal bonuses, the state government said in a statement.

The former governor has also been accused of misappropriating 3 billion pesos (about $250 million) of the 11 billion pesos ($915 million) provided by the federal government to Chiapas for the reconstruction of areas hit by a hurricane on Oct. 4, 2005.

Hurricane Stan killed about 70 people in Chiapas and damaged roads, bridges, schools and hospitals.

Chiapas, which has a large Indian population and is one of Mexico's poorest states, was the scene of the 1994 uprising led by the Zapatista National Liberation Army, or EZLN.

Salazar Mendiguchia won the governorship of Chiapas with the support of a coalition made up of several parties, including the conservative National Action Party, or PAN, and the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution, or PRD.