Aug 27, 2011

The Border: Columbus, New Mexico, struggles to recover from gun scandal

A look at what life is really like in the border town of Columbus, New Mexico, after its mayor and police chief were convicted of weapons smuggling to Mexico. 

Houston Chronicle: "COLUMBUS, N.M. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have all but wrapped up their prosecution of a Mexican gun smuggling ring that snared the mayor, police chief and a trustee of this quiet, dusty border town where chile field workers and refugees from different sides of Mexico's violent drug war apparently coexist peacefully and without fear.

But the new mayor says resolution of the case is little consolation for Columbus. The town was defrocked, losing its reputation and sense of trust, and was brought to the brink of financial ruin by its former leaders now being tried in the conspiracy."

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