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N.M. Chief Arrested In Federal Border Raid

March 10, 2011  | 

A federal raid targeting the Barrio Azteca street gang led to the arrest of Columbus (N.M.) Police Chief Angelo Vega Wednesday morning, reports the El Paso Times.

The raid was led by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, and the FBI following an investigation of federal firearms and drug trafficking allegations.

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N.M. Chief Who Smuggling Guns Into Mexico Had Checkered Past

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Michael @ 3/11/2011 12:17 AM

It is just amazing to me that a Police Chief is involved in a case like this. I hope they slam this guy hard. I find it difficult to understand why a LEO that has a long career acts so stupid. I guess besides being stupid, he never figured out crime doesn't pay what a moron. Even if this guy was hard up for money, no excuse.

Scott @ 3/11/2011 4:53 AM

The warning signs were shockingly clear early in this guy’s career and the lack of his first departments Chief and City's inability in taking the high road with this guy kept him in a uniform. Someone out there is well aware this was a ticking time bomb and due to their cowardess or failure to make the tough choice of firing him when they had the chance would have prevented this travesty and the black eye we in Law Enforcement have received yet again from actions of the minority of police who are nothing more than criminals with a badge. This story is on par with the Chief of Windermere PD near Orlando Fl. where he was fired for blocking an investigation of a close friend who was accused of molesting a young girl under 12 YOA. As the investigation continues, so does the list of new corruption charges being uncovered almost every day. Same with that Chief, he too had a stormy history and we now see what the consequences are when you over look someone’s past for expedience in hiring a body to fill a position. Because we are not mind readers and can't see into the future, we must rely on past behavior to determine what future behavior will be. Why anyone would hire this guy is beyond me. Why the State didn't punch his certification ticket is another matter.

Maleman39 @ 3/11/2011 5:08 AM

Amazing how a person with such a checkered past could get such a position. No one has a God-given right to any job, especially LE. Shame on the village board for appointing him.

FrankD @ 3/11/2011 10:00 AM

The police officer in this country has enough problems trying to win over the community and the trust of the public. Then we have A**holes like this guy walking the face of the earth. I hope they lock him up for the next 25 years. Why do politicians let this crap go on. He had questionable integrity??

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