Louie Puroll Case: Click Below to Hear Tape-Recordings of Pinal County Deputy Talking Cartels and Death Threat Against New Times Writer

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We've done a few pretty intense stories on Pinal County sheriff's deputy Louie Puroll and his troubled (and troubling) account of getting shot in the desert south of Phoenix last April 30.

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Pinal County sheriff's deputy Louie Puroll

​The stories were entitled "Pinalcchio" and "Whitewash," and are available here and here.

It was the content of the latter story, published last month, that led Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu to order his agency to conduct an internal-affairs investigation of the deputy.





That piece revisited the April 30 shooting incident in the Vekol Valley off Interstate 10 between Gila Bend and Casa Grande, an alleged late-afternoon clash that became international news in light of the ongoing debate over what to do about illegal immigration.

But what got Deputy Puroll in hot water with the Pinal County Sheriff's Office was the 14-year agency veteran's comments about two matters:

* His supposed multiple interactions with members of Mexican drug cartels during which the bad guys allegedly attempted to bribe him.

* The alleged statements of a rancher friend of Puroll's who offered to kill me (the guy who wrote "Pinalchhio") if the deputy so wished.

I tape-recorded the stuff about the cartels -- which Deputy Puroll apparently had failed to report to anyone in authority -- on a recorder that sat on a table at the truck stop that was the site of one of our meetings.

Actually, the material about the cartels emerged by accident, with me asking Puroll if anyone had been approaching him about doing public speaking about the terrible things that human smugglers sometimes do to undocumented immigrants at their mercy.

The deputy misunderstood me, and apparently thought I was asking him about being approached by, in his words, "the cartels."

It went from there.

The "death threat" comments came immediately after I shut down the recorder at what I thought was the end of our session that day (October 25).

A few days before publication of "Whitewash," I called Deputy Puroll to let him know that I was planning on including the death-threat information in my piece.

I recorded that phone call, in which the deputy corroborated his earlier statements about his alleged rancher buddy. In no way did Puroll give the slightest indication that he had been lying to me or had been anything less than dead-serious when we were talking.

I don't know what Sheriff Babeu's agency is going to do with Louie Puroll. That's up to them.

But here are two relevant excerpts from my interviews of the deputy, the first (and only) discussion of his alleged communications with cartel members, and the second the aforementioned call I made to Puroll before publication of "Whitewash." 





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Shortest trip to an early retirement I've heard in some time...

Ralph Silver
Ralph Silver

So, let me get this straight. Where, why and how would anyone in their right mind believe anything this officer has to say about anything, especially about his "shooting" in the desert? Dead meat....


So, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu finally decided to get a brain in that bald head of his and "reopen" Puroll's "investigation".

Babeu would grow one ball for putting Puroll on the Brady List and the other for shit-canning Puroll. Puroll's actions are reminiscient of the Flaccid Fool of MCSO, Hendy, and Candy Ass Thomas.


Puroll is a fucking moron.

Ed from Dedham
Ed from Dedham

Rubin writes: "But what got Deputy Puroll in hot water with the Pinal County Sheriff's Office was the 14-year agency veteran's comments about two matters."

The Dec 2nd PCSO statement refers to three matters, not two. In addition to the two Rubin issues mentions, it referred to Puroll's elaboration in "Whitewash" on the comments he made in his Oct 7th press (with Babeu at his side) about his past involvement in incidents that "would make [the April incident] seem like eatin' lunch at a Dairy Queen."

This third matter has apparently now been discreetly dropped.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

If bullshit was energy the newest power plant would be named the Louie Puroll Nuclear Generation Facility. It would just him, alone in the desert, telling stories.


Deputy Louie Puroll - Paul Rubin Interview! Cartooned!


James King
James King

Santiago, I'm trying to get in contact with you. If you see this, give me a call or email me at 602 744 6549 or james.king@newtimes.com. Videos are awesome.



SantiagoJJJr is brilliant!

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