Socorro city councilman arrested in drug case

November 17, 2010 10:34:33 AM PST
The El Paso County Sheriff's Office says a Socorro city councilman is jailed in a drug investigation. Investigators on Wednesday announced the arrest of 40-year-old Luis Varela.

The sheriff's office says Varela and three other men were arrested Tuesday on charges of delivery of 43 pounds of marijuana. A search of the vehicle driven by Varela also led to the discovery of cocaine and the councilman being charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Bond is $140,000 for Varela. Electronic jail records did not list an attorney for Varela. A message left with his council office was not immediately returned.

City Manager Many Soto told The Associated Press that Varela's arrest was a personnel issue that might be discussed at Thursday's council meeting during an executive session.


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