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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

NEWS & POLITICS - Ex-mayor of Tijuana Jorge Hank Rhon arrested

The flamboyant casino mogul is detained after a raid resulted in the seizure of 88 weapons and more than 9,000 rounds of ammunition, military officials say. A spokesman says the weapons were properly registered.

Reporting from San Diego— Mexican military forces on Saturday arrested the former mayor of Tijuana, Jorge Hank Rhon, after an early-morning raid at his compound resulted in the seizure of 88 weapons and more than 9,000 rounds of ammunition, military officials said.

Hank, 55, a flamboyant casino mogul and one of Mexico's wealthiest men, was taken to the federal attorney general's office in Tijuana and then by armed convoy to an air force base, as supporters lined the streets to protest his transfer to Mexico City.

The 4 a.m. raid occurred on the sprawling grounds of Hank's showcase property, which includes the historic Agua Caliente Racetrack, a casino, a zoo, and his personal residence. Ten other people were also detained, according to a news release by Mexico's secretary of national defense