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8:00 am
Thu March 31, 2011

Court Hearing Set For Suspended NM Police Chief

KRWG News – LAS CRUCES, N.M. (KRWG) A federal judge is to hear an appeal Thursday from the police chief of a New Mexico border town who is one of a dozen people accused of being part of a gun smuggling ring that prosecutors allege bought weapons to send to Mexico.

The suspended Columbus police chief, 40-year-old Angelo Vega, has appealed an order to hold him pending trial.

The U.S. Attorney's Office opposes his release, and filed a response Wednesday to his appeal.

Federal prosecutors say Vega was ordered detained March 15 as a flight risk and a danger to the community.

The response details the conspiracy charge against Vega.

Village trustees voted last week to suspend Vega without pay.

The mayor of Columbus and a village trustee also face charges in the same case.

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