Mexico City – Former Cancun Mayor Gregorio Sanchez, who faces organized crime charges, will be the first person in Mexico to wear an ankle monitor while awaiting the resolution of their case, the federal Attorney General's Office said.
Sanchez was outfitted with the ankle monitor on Wednesday after a court prohibited him from leaving Mexico City for 20 days while it decided whether to grant an arrest warrant sought by the AG's office.
The ankle bracelet "will allow him to remain in this jurisdiction and keep him from leaving the area established for his movements, with the goal of preventing him from evading justice," Siedo organized crime unit chief Patricia Bugarin said.
Sanchez is the subject of an arrest warrant requested by the AG's office on July 8 on organized crime and people trafficking charges dating back to when he served as mayor of Cancun, Mexico's top Caribbean destination.
Prosecutors allege that Sanchez and a group of accomplices smuggled Cubans into Mexico.
A judge in Quintana Roo state, where Cancun is located, refused to take up the case, citing lack of jurisdication, and handed it over to a judge in Nayarit state who also refused to take up the case.
A court in Mexico City will decide who has jurisdiction in the Sanchez case, but the judicial branch is currently on recess.
The politician will remain free until the court takes up his case, but he will be tracked using the ankle monitor.
Sanchez, who was a candidate for governor of Quintana Roo state, was arrested on May 25, 2010.