US: Mayor pleads guilty to gun smuggling
Las Cruces - The former mayor of the New Mexico border town of Columbus has pleaded guilty to federal gun smuggling charges.
US Attorney John E Murphy announced on Wednesday that 51-year-old Eddie Espinoza has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy, three counts of making false statements in the acquisition of firearms, and three counts of smuggling firearms from the United States.
Murphy says Espinoza entered the plea on Tuesday afternoon before US Magistrate Judge William P. Lynch in Las Cruces. Sentencing has not yet been scheduled.
Espinoza and the town's police chief were among 12 people arrested in March in a federal sting.