The Associated Press
Police chief back in court
LAS CRUCES — A federal judge is to hear an appeal Thursday from the police chief of a New Mexico border town who is one of a dozen people accused of being part of a gun smuggling ring that prosecutors allege bought weapons to send to Mexico.
The suspended Columbus police chief, 40-year-old Angelo Vega, has appealed an order to hold him pending trial.
The U.S. Attorney's Office opposes his release, and filed a response Wednesday to his appeal.
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