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U.S. police officers involved in weapons smuggling into Mexico.

This undated photo shows Columbus, N.M. Mayor Eddie Espinoza, indicted in federal guns-to-Mexico investigation

MEXICO CITY — Drug gangsters in northern Mexico looking for high-powered weapons have benefited from some well-placed American suppliers lately, U.S. prosecutors say.

While drug violence raged in the Mexican town of Puerto Palomas, the mayor and police chief of next-door Columbus, N.M., formed part of a U.S. smuggling ring selling weapons to gangsters across the border, U.S. prosecutors say.

Columbus Mayor Eddie Espinoza, Police Chief Angelo Vega and nine others amassed weapons beginning in January 2010 for sale across the border, according to an indictment unsealed Thursday. At least a dozen of the 200 guns they purchased later turned up in Mexico.

The suspects were arrested Thursday in a raid by federal agents and state police. READ MORE HERE