The 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.
Sheriff Raymond Cobos asked the remaining trustees in Columbus to vote on having the police department step down.
City leaders in the southern New Mexico village of Columbus were arrested Thursday in a federal raid investigation that involved smuggling firearms from the United States to Mexico, Luna County sheriff officials confirmed.
"I'm dismayed, I'm disheartened, certainly disillusioned," said Cobos. "I think violation of the public's trust is something that I categorize as a pretty heinous crime."
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