Mexican Beauty Queen Laura Zúñiga Released From House Arrest

Mexican authorities released 23-year-old beauty queen Laura Zúñiga from house arrest after prosecutors and the attorney general’s office decided that there was not enough evidence to prove that she had been involved in any illegal activity, the New York Times reports.

The reigning Miss Sinaloa was arrested while riding with seven men at a military checkpoint near Guadalajara back in December. The police found assault rifles and more than $55,000 in cash in the luxury vehicles they were driving. Prosecutors are certain that her boyfriend is Ángel García Urquiza, a leader of the Juárez drug cartel, who was with her on the day of the arrests. Urquiza and the other men detained that day are still in a federal detention center.

Although Zúñiga was stripped of one of her crowns—the title she won in the Hispanoamerican Queen pageant in October—she is still queen in northern Mexico state of Sinaloa, long known as a hotbed of activity in Mexico’s drug cartels. She also placed third in the Miss Mexico contest, whose winner competes for the Miss Universe title. As third-runner up, she was to represent Mexico in the 2009 Miss International contest.