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El Paso commissioner arrested by DEA

EL PASO, Texas, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- El Paso, Texas, County Commissioner Guillermo Gandara Jr. was arrested by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration on drug trafficking charges, officials said.

In a multi-agency investigation, Gandara was placed under arrest late Wednesday. DEA spokeswoman Diana Apodaca confirmed to the El Paso Times Gandara had been arrested, but declined to disclose details.

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"DEA, [Immigration and Customs Enforcement], [the Internal Revenue Service], with the assistance of the FBI along with our local partners are conducting an ongoing operation, and we cannot release further details at this time," she said.

Gandara, who is a candidate for state representative, has taken a hard-line anti-drug stance throughout his career, the newspaper said. In September, he told the Times he thought drug legalization was a bad idea for the country.

"Legalizing drugs is the coward practice of combating cartels, it is an insult to our men and women in law enforcement, and the laziest form of parenting our children and youth about the effects of drugs," he said.

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