N.M. Police Chief Arrested in Federal Raid

he sheriff for Luna County is requesting that the entire Columbus Police Department step down until the federal investigation involving city leaders in a firearms trafficking ring is over.

If convicted those charged with conspiracy could face up to five years of imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. Those convicted of making false statements in connection with the acquisition of firearms face up to five-years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. And those convicted of unlawfully concealing and facilitating the transportation of firearms knowing that the firearms were intended for exportation from the United States could face up to 10 years of imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.

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