Laura Elena Zúñiga Huizer is a Mexican beauty queen arrested on suspicion of trafficking illegal drugs. Read about it below and see photos and a video.

Laura Elena Zúñiga Huizer was crowned Miss Sinaloa in July. She also won the Miss Hispanoamericana contest held in Bolivia last month. Now she is arrested under suspicion of a connection to illegal drug trafficking.

The 23-year-old Zuñiga Huizar was arrested with seven men and a cache of arms and thousands of dollars in cash. They were arrested in the western Mexican state of Jalisco, apparently on their way to Bolivia. Its being reported that the eight were stopped at a checkpoint being operated by Mexican army troops and police while traveling in two SUVs. They were in the Guadalajara suburb of Zapopan.

The police searched the SUVs and seized two AR-15 assault rifles, three pistols, nine ammunition clips, more than 600 rounds of ammunition of different calibers, 16 cell phones and about $53,000 in cash. Ms. Zuñiga Huizar told police they were going to Bolivia and Columbia to shop. She is currently being held in investigative custody.

The winner of the contest Nuestra Belleza Sinaloa 2008 is from Cuiliacan which is the capital of the state of Sinaloa. Coincidentally, Sinaloa is the birthplace of the Sinaloa drug cartel considered to be one of Mexico’s most powerful criminal organizations.

See photos of Laura Elena and a video below the fold.

Laura Elena Zúñiga Huizer – Video