Drug Cartel Infiltration of MCSO: Four of Seven Officers Cleared of Criminal Wrongdoing; Face Internal Investigation

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Four employees have been cleared, but drug cartels have still infiltrated the office of America's self-proclaimed "toughest sheriff."
Four of the seven Maricopa County Sheriff's Office employees suspected of having ties to a drug-and human-smuggling operation have been cleared of any criminal conduct following an investigation conducted by an outside agency.

The four unidentified employees have returned to work, and now face an internal investigation.

No other officers are being investigated, MCSO spokesman Jeff Sprong tells New Times.

The four officers cleared of criminal wrongdoing do not include three MCSO employees arrested last month over alleged ties to a Mexican cartel.

The three officers, Deputy Alfredo Navarette and detention officers Sylvia Najera and Marcella Hernandez, were arrested on May 24, after a nearly year-long investigation into their connections to drug- and human-smuggling cartels.
 

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says that in May of last year, his office received a tip that the officers may be connected to the cartels.

"We came up with the information, and we clean up our own house," America's self-proclaimed "toughest" sheriff grumbled at a press conference the day of the arrests. "We confirmed our concerns today when [Navarette] admitted to going to our command center and getting information to give to the cartels."

But Navarette, an MCSO deputy since 2000, wasn't just tipping off the cartels about Arpaio's anti-human-smuggling campaigns, he was smuggling humans himself.

When MCSO deputies stormed the west Valley home of Navarette, there were two illegal immigrants in his house (as well as 10 pounds of heroin). According to Arpaio they'd been smuggled into the country illegally and were waiting for the deputy to transport them to California.

Navarette, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement-trained member of Arpaio's anti-human-smuggling task force, was not on human-smuggling detail for the year he was under investigation, Arpaio says, and recently was suspended for unrelated procedural violations.

Hernandez also admitted to having ties to the cartels, and that she is currently eight months pregnant with the baby of Lorenzo Arce-Torres, a known cartel "kingpin" based in Phoenix. When she was arrested, deputies found more than $16,000 in her purse.

Unlike Navarette and Hernandez, Najera, an MCSO detention officer since 2004, refused to cooperate with investigators.

When asked why the public should continue to trust him to be sheriff when the cartels have managed to infiltrate his agency, Arpaio scolded reporters with the following (while inexplicably referring to himself in the third person):

"This sheriff, when something comes to his attention, he doesn't sit back, he takes action," which is debatable/a lie.

Navarette was booked on 24 counts of drug- and human smuggling-related crimes, including assisting in a criminal syndicate, operating a drophouse, and human smuggling. Hernandez was booked on six counts, including narcotic drug transport, conspiracy narcotics transportation, and illegal control of an enterprise. Najera was booked on four counts, including money laundering and participating in a criminal syndicate. 


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Kitsugab
Kitsugab

This to inform you of a person living and working in the United States illegally. The names that this person assumes are as follows: Gabriela Sanchez (her niece), Karla P. Durazo (her aunt), Patty Durazo (her sister),Julieta Sanchez (her aunt), Patty Sanchez (her sister/her niece) Rocio Sanchez (her sister), Mayra Viramontes (her cousin), Karen Durazo (her cousin),Kenya Durazo (hercousin), Karina Sanchez (her cousin).All of the names assumed by her can be substantiated through her facebook account which is under the name Gabby Sanchez.Her Employer is: Dr. Larry Stark   3201 W. Peoria Ave # A-100   Phoenix, AZ 85029Her assumed Social Security # is her Aunt's Soc. Sec. # 611-32-7757 (Karla P. Durazo) who actually lives in California.She drives a pathfinder with AZ lic. # AHT4587 Her address is: 2220 W. Mission Ln. #1095 (which is in Larry Starks name /  Phoenix, AZ 85017    co-signed for)  SRP Acct # 919-863-000    (which is in Larry Starks name)Her Phone # 602-628-3116   (which is in Larry Starks name)Family Assistance Administration Case # 00564738 (Gabriela Sanchez)Dental work provided under the name Patty Sanchez. And full medical (BCBS)is paid for by Larry StarkHer sons name is Carlos Flores-Sanchez and he graduated from Cortez High School.She was raised by her Grandmother who was a whore in Mexico. This young woman makes it easier for other illegals to obtain medications includingnarcotics and evade citizenship tests through the Doctors office that she works in.Also supplying them with false identification and documentation. I am very concerned about the illegal activities (Document Fraud, Identity Theft, Conducting crimes in America) that she is involved in. Please address the above issues as soon as possible.

Concerned Citizen 

Kitsugab
Kitsugab

This to inform you of a person living and working in the United States illegally. The names that this person assumes are as follows: Gabriela Sanchez (her niece), Karla P. Durazo (her aunt), Patty Durazo (her sister),Julieta Sanchez (her aunt), Patty Sanchez (her sister/her niece) Rocio Sanchez (her sister), Mayra Viramontes (her cousin), Karen Durazo (her cousin),Kenya Durazo (hercousin), Karina Sanchez (her cousin).All of the names assumed by her can be substantiated through her facebook account which is under the name Gabby Sanchez.Her Employer is: Dr. Larry Stark   3201 W. Peoria Ave # A-100   Phoenix, AZ 85029Her assumed Social Security # is her Aunt's Soc. Sec. # 611-32-7757 (Karla P. Durazo) who actually lives in California.She drives a pathfinder with AZ lic. # AHT4587 Her address is: 2220 W. Mission Ln. #1095 (which is in Larry Starks name /  Phoenix, AZ 85017    co-signed for)  SRP Acct # 919-863-000    (which is in Larry Starks name)Her Phone # 602-628-3116   (which is in Larry Starks name)Family Assistance Administration Case # 00564738 (Gabriela Sanchez)Dental work provided under the name Patty Sanchez. And full medical (BCBS)is paid for by Larry StarkHer sons name is Carlos Flores-Sanchez and he graduated from Cortez High School.She was raised by her Grandmother who was a whore in Mexico. This young woman makes it easier for other illegals to obtain medications includingnarcotics and evade citizenship tests through the Doctors office that she works in.Also supplying them with false identification and documentation. I am very concerned about the illegal activities (Document Fraud, Identity Theft, Conducting crimes in America) that she is involved in. Please address the above issues as soon as possible.

Concerned Citizen 

Alialibubu
Alialibubu

So when you go to jail down at MCSO Arpaio Strausse after being arrested and then forced to "attest" your citizenship, voters registration cards, nationality, naturalization one of his deputies actually sells your information to another MCSO Arpaio "Sworn INN" detention officers sells you for more Apaio bucks $150,000,000 Million dollars later.  Wow.  Arpaio knew nothing of course.  I wonder if his taxi-cab company outside of 4th Avenue Reich help.  Because when the lights come on, the inmates come out!  Need a ride! Sure you do!  Sherrif!

Susan Rastella
Susan Rastella

 This has got to be the quickest completed investigation in the history of the MCSO. What did they do follow Arpaio's lead with "I know nothing"?

Coz
Coz

Bozo Joe, you are so full of shit it's not funny anymore.

>>"We came up with the information, and we clean up our own house," America's self-proclaimed "toughest" sheriff grumbled at a press conference the day of the arrests. 

Very Interesting
Very Interesting

I'd like to know what MCSO employee's think about this and all the other issues that have been brought to light over the last couple years. If I remember correctly, officers at Surprise PD and Youngtown PD indicated a vote of no confidence towards their respective chiefs. It seems not longer after that is when both of chose police chiefs resigned. Hmmm, if MCSO employee's posted a vote of no confidence towards their Sheriff, would he possibly resign?

Richard
Richard

Playing "Limp Dick" inside those Teflon walls keep you out of the loop, Arpayaso!   Please don't say you were aware of shit, when in reality (and depositions) you claim you don't know shit.   Isn't that what your defense is re: Hendershott's shenanigans?  Well did you or did you not know this shit was going on?

Chanel387c
Chanel387c

al i have to say is "Fuck Arpaio" he knew what was going on. And he just decided to bust this guy to make it look like he's doing something about the drug cartels and human smugling. . . . 

Ross
Ross

Suspected, by whom?

This is sort of like reporting the New Tmes publisher is suspected of breaking the law.

Not surprised
Not surprised

This just confirms what has been apparent for years...the corruption spans the whole MCSO organization, from Arpaio's top advisor in Hendershott, through his command staff, Black/Fox (and others), down to some of the rank and file deputies and detention staff.  Documentation shows this as occurring for over 10 years...who does Arpaio think he's fooling?

Arpaio, and Arpaio alone, has had complete charge of the MCSO for nearly 20 years. Arpaio is responsible for the mismanagement and lack of good leadership at the MCSO. 

It's time take the MCSO to a professional level it should have, but has never come close to meeting, under Arpaio's influence.

It's time to replace Arpaio with a professional law enforcement manager who can bring ethics and leadership to the MCSO and move this organization forward. 

Wouldn't it be nice just to pay to have a professional well-run law enforcement agency, as opposed to continually paying out the nose for a sub-standard poorly managed agency?

Jason
Jason

Did the FF farm this investigation out to his good buddy Shurf Paul Buffoon of Pinal County, who'll tell us that the FF had absolutely no idea that Joker's own deputies duped his flaccid ass?

Guest23
Guest23

You show a total lack of reading mprehension. Suspected by superiors in the mcso. The mcso then turned the investigation over to an outside agency. Also consider the fact that three others were caught either harboring suspected illegals, transporting illegal and a 19 pounds of heroin. The mcso finding illegals and 19 pounds of heroin in the suspects home appears to make it a pretty open and shut case. I doubt the mcso wouldn't pursue any criminal complaint against one of their own unless they were absolutely sure of their guilt. So it is nothing like your statement whatsoever.

Mistalee
Mistalee

In Arpayaso's defense, he's demonstrated his ignorance on so many occasions that when he pleads ignorance he's really built a case for it. 

Guest23
Guest23

That should be 10 pounds of heroin.

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