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Feds indict mayor, police chief of border town as ATF ‘Gunrunner’ program faces heat

Vince Coglianese Contributor

Eleven people — including the mayor, police chief and a town councilman in Columbus, N.M. — have been indicted by the feds for alleged involvement in an international gun running scheme that may have fueled violence south of the border.

Ten out of the eleven defendants charged in the trafficking ring will be arraigned Tuesday on charges of conspiracy, smuggling and making false statements in connection with firearms purchases, according to federal officials.

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