US: Mayor pleads guilty to gun smuggling

2011-07-14 12:00

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.

  • rudyada - 2011-07-14 12:15

    probably got his guns from SAMCRO. lol

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-07-14 12:36

    Shoot him.

  • DAB - 2011-07-14 12:36

    No wonder that Mexico lays a lot of the blame on the States for the high murder rates caused by the drug cartels. Mexico has always maintained that the illegal arms are comming from the States, fuelling the murders.

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