While residents maintain there is no crime problem, the town is set deep in what U. officials say is an area popular with drug traffickers.Non-certified officers can't make arrests and can't carry firearms.
Because he can't own a gun or any ammunition, he sold an assault rifle he owned to Guadalupe Sheriff's Deputy Juan Sanchez in January for $250, reported.
"England doesn't allow police officers to carry guns," he said.
"Sometime the strongest weapon in law enforcement is communication." Vaughn, a town of about 450 located 104 miles east of Albuquerque, is a quiet place that is an overnight stop for railroad workers.
Romero said Armijo is working to clear up the latest case.
He said Armijo has not ruled out seeking the police chief's position again if his case is resolved and the position is open.