|THE GOOD MAYOR|
Columbus, which was was once raided and burned by Pancho Villa was swooped on by federal agents after a long surveillance operation.
Just 70 miles west of El Paso, TX, it's thought the rural idyll was perfect for Mexican gangs trying to smuggle drugs into America.
Those arrested by agents from the the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Drug Enforcement Administration include Mayor Eddie Espinoza, Police Chief Angelo Vega and council member Blas Gutierrez.
In 1916, Mexican revolutionary leader Pancho Villa raided and burned the town, which led President Woodrow Wilson to launch an unsuccessful pursuit of Villa by federal troops.