LAS CRUCES, N.M. – U.S. District Judge Robert Brack agreed Thursday with a magistrate's ruling that Angelo Vega was a flight risk and a danger to the community.
Vega had appealed the order to hold him pending trial.
His attorney argued Vega could be released on electronic monitoring.
The U.S. Attorney's Office opposed Vega's release in a filing that details the conspiracy charge against him.
The mayor of Columbus and a village trustee face charges in the same case.
Vega has been suspended from the police chief's job without pay.