U.S. Mayor Smuggled Weapons to Mexican Drug Cartel: Police

Jim Kouri, Examiner, June 16, 2012

The mayor of a New Mexico town located near the U.S.-Mexican border, who had been convicted of smuggling weapons to a violent Mexican organized crime gang, was sentenced on Thursday to more than four years in prison, according to a police official.

Edward “Eddie” Espinoza, the now ousted mayor of Columbus, was sentenced by District Judge Robert Brack in federal court in Las Cruces, New Mexico, according to investigators.

In addition to the prison sentence, Judge Brack ordered three years of supervised release for Espinoza, who pleaded guilty in July 2011 to conspiracy, three counts of making false statements in the acquisition of firearms and three counts of smuggling firearms out of the United States into a foreign country.

The 58-year-old Democrat faced as much as 50 years in prison but was given a plea deal to identify his co-conspirators in the gun-running conspiracy.

According to prosecutors, between January 2010 and March 2011, Espinoza purchased more than 15 firearms from a gun shop in Chaparral, New Mexico, fabricating information on the federal forms knowing he was buying them for a Mexican gang.

Espinoza also allowed a Columbus Trustee, Blas Gutierrez, who is the alleged ringleader of the conspiracy, to use township vehicles in transporting the firearms into Mexico, law enforcement officials said.

Some of those weapons were later recovered at drug busts and implicated in murders in Mexico, where more than 55,000 people have been killed in gang-related violence since President Felipe Calderon declared war on the cartels in 2006, according to U.S. officials.

Espinoza also admitted he helped to smuggle police gear and bulletproof vests to the Ciudad Juarez-based La Linea criminal organization, sometimes using government vehicles.

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  • kmorgana

    I just finished a very interesting book by Diana Washington Valdez “The Killing Fields” which is a compilation of her research into the mass killings in the border towns of Mexico and US. There is much more to it all than just a “drug war”.  Most of the homicide victims are mutilated, they all seem to have a triangle/pyramid carved into their backs. One “murder shack” had interesting iconic graffiti scrawled into pieces of wood: six pointed stars, nazi symbols, satanic and zionist type emblems. Also, she heard from a very reliable person that an entire Mexican State was “sold” to a Colombian drug cartel, and announced in an impromptu meeting where an ex Mexican president himself attended. Certain names written on a piece of paper were passed around the room-filled with notable Mexican persons-names of  those to be “untouchables”- those who were told to be completely left alone. I find it suspicious that all murders south of the border are quickly shrugged off as “drug cartel” killings. As long as it’s a “drug” killing it ensures no serious investigation takes place.

    Conversely, two well reported killings where the ENTIRE FAMILY was killed- took place recently in Arizona that were at first blamed on “drug cartels” then quickly reported as “murder suicides”. I am talking about two seperate incidents, two different families- father, children, mother- all slaughtered. Quickly- acquaintances came out of the woodwork to lay blame on the victims “financial woes” and/or mental-emotional issues. Something STINKS in Arizona.

    • The finding of occult-like symbols, mass murders in horrific manner and the relaxed attitude of American governmental authorities frankly should frighten us into action. But of course when we begin discussing the weirdness of the American elite such as Bohemian Grove, there is nothing that should surprise us.

  • The Liberal Response : But White people smuggle guns and stuff across the border for the Mexican cartels!

    True, but we call those people the CIA and the DOJ!

  • Kurt Plummer

    Blaming a Mexican for helping Mexicans is like blaming a compass for pointing towards a magnetic pole.

    Until and unless we re-lay claim to the Southwest as an exclusively -white- area of the nation, run by whites with whites responsible in protecting it’s interests, there is little to be said here beyond: “Well, what did you expect?”

    As is, Mexifornia, Arizona, New Mexico and Texico are all on life support with a dead-by-X dateable demographic predictability to white U.S. control.

    Until we acknowledge that as a function of specifically deciding whether or not it’s a fight worth winning (there are so many); pretending that what goes on -south- of the ‘border’ is an exercise in the pointless leading the profoundly stupid.

  • Southern__Hoosier

    Since he likes Mexico so well, deport him after he gets out of jail.

  • sarah stein

    Eric Holder smuggled weapons to the Mexican drug cartels, and a border agent was killed with one of those weapons.  So when does Holder go to jail.