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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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