Beauty Queen: Did I Say World Peace?

12/28/2008 12:19 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
It's an age-old question. Why do all the hot chicks prefer ruthless drug lords over nice guys who pay taxes?

Latina babe Laura Zuniga was just stripped of her "Queen of Hispanic America" title after getting popped at a Mexican checkpoint with her boyfriend, his posse and trucks filled with weapons and cash.

Included in the bust: AR-15 assault rifles, 38 specials, 9mm handguns, nine magazines, 633 cartridges and $53,300 in U.S. currency.

Zuniga is being held for 40 days while investigators consider charges.