Saturday, July 23, 2011

6 more people plead guilty in smuggling ring involving mayor of NM border town

Six more people have pleaded guilty to charges in connection with a gun smuggling ring that federal prosecutors say sent hundreds of guns into Mexico. The U.S. Attorney's Office announced the latest pleas Friday. The charges range from conspiracy to making false statements and firearm smuggling. Those who pleaded guilty this week include Vicente Carreon of Columbus, Ian Garland of Chaparral, Manuel Ortega of Palomas, Mexico, Miguel Carrillo of Columbus and Brenda and David Christy of Deming. The six are among a dozen people, including former Columbus Mayor Eddie Espinoza, charged in the federal sting. Columbus police Chief Angelo Vega and former trustee Blas Gutierrez also have been charged. Prosecutors say no sentencing dates for those who have entered pleas have been scheduled. AP

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