MCSO Infiltration by Mexican Drug Cartel Apparently a Touchy Subject for Joe Arpaio

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Kholood Eid
This is the face Joe Arpaio makes when you ask him about Mexican drug cartels infiltrating his office.
Don't mention how the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office was infiltrated by a Mexican drug cartel to Sheriff Joe Arpaio -- unless, of course, you want to watch him hijack a press conference, go off about a few "bad apples," and take a shot at the Phoenix Police Department.

Arpaio -- along with Phoenix Police Chief Joseph Yahner, Department of Public Safety Director Robert Halliday, and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery -- announced today that a "multi-agency probe" has led to the arrests of more than 60 prison gang members.

Few details of "Operation Wolf Pack" were offered at a press conference at the County Attorney's Office this afternoon -- it was more a forum for local law enforcement agencies to gush over each other and praise themselves for the inter-agency cooperation.

Arpaio, however, got a little chippy when we asked Yahner if he feels comfortable working so closely with the MCSO, ya know, considering a deputy and two detention officers recently were arrested for -- among other things -- providing information about the agency's anti-smuggling efforts to cartel leaders.

Read about the drug cartel infiltration of the MCSO here.

Yahner's response: "Absolutely" he feels comfortable working with the sheriff, who has been under investigation by the federal government for other alleged corruption for nearly three years.

The press conference would have been over at that point -- assuming Arpaio hadn't darted back to the lectern to respond to the question, which wasn't even directed at him.

The sheriff groaned about how every organization has a "few bad apples" and that he tells all of his detention officers that they're not guards -- he "hates" the term guards, he grumbled -- rather, they're intelligence officers.

In the case of at least two female detention officers, the sheriff's message seems to have sunk in -- the only problem was that they were allegedly giving that "intelligence" to the drug "kingpin" baby-daddy of one of the women, not the MCSO.

Then, inexplicably, Arpaio took a little shot at the PPD.

After moaning about how New Times never questions the "bad apples" in the Phoenix PD (which we do; click here for exhibit A), Arpaio was quick to point out, "They've had a few problems, too."

They sure have -- but the PPD hasn't been under investigation by the federal government for nearly three years for, among many other things, misspending nearly $100 million in taxpayer money.

And, speaking of "bad apples"...

Not to mention Arpaio himself, the MCSO can boast fired second-in-command, Chief Deputy David Hendershott, a focus of the federal inquiry; fired Deputy Chief Larry Black, and Captain Joel Fox, the two who ran the discredited Sheriff's Command Association that illegally financed a sleazy campaign ad targeting Arpaio's opponent in the last two elections, Dan Saban. Because Fox and Black apparently were having a love affair, Fox looks to have protected Black from scrutiny in the SCA debacle.     

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Mediahater
Mediahater

Wow.... There are so many uneducated people in here... I'll tell you what.... Most of you cop haters, clear your schedules on any given Friday night and come ride next to me for a shift or two....and see our POV and what really happens without the media and their finagled twist on everything !!!. Does anything else really need to be said. If so, really ?

Kdakak
Kdakak

Keep Fox on paid leave so that the toughest Sheriff can keep the other Sheriff's report from disclosure.

The Class West
The Class West

Our affiliates at "ASU Patriots for Freedom" sent this press release, which has been confirmed by signatories L. Vanacore and Bill Stoller.  They are now trying to link Sheriff Arpaio to international and federal crimes, using the lead in provided by Mr. King.  

This should be interesting, to say the least.  

Here's the release in quotes:

"NOTE: Regarding the referenced and attached HODGES LETTER, MICHAEL COTTRELL has no legal interests in and/or rights to the STOLEN WANTAGATE TRILLIONS detailed at http://wtsnb.blogspot.com and http://wantagate.blogspot.com . COTTRELL has fraudulently and feloniously been misrepresenting himself as a "Treasurer" of the funds STOLEN by BARRY SOETORO aka OBAMA, GEORGE H.W. BUSH, Senior, and many of our corrupt politicians.

To The International Criminal Court Prosecuters, INTERPOL, The FBI, MANHATTAN DAs CYRUS VANCE and ARTIE MCCONNELL, and The World Press:

These are opinions based on known facts.

Bring it on ARPAIO, SOUSA, and the rest - we can't wait to meet you corrupt thieving cowards in court!

If you ignore the evidence herein, THERE's ANOTHER COUNT OF MISPRISION OF FELONY and TREASON. Make a note of that, JAMES KING and STEPHEN LEMONS.

We applaud JAMES KING of www.PhoenixNewTimes.com for providing this information, which will be sent by our colleagues to THE FBI, INTERPOL, and the ICC/ICJ PROSECUTERS at THE HAGUE.

Corrupt Maricopa County, Arizona, SHERIFF JOE ARPAIO and his infamous MCSO have been infiltrated by MEXICAN DRUG CARTELS. Despite ARPAIO's feeble defenses and playing stupid, this lowlife is VICARIOUSLY LIABLE for any of his agents' criminal acts if done in the SCOPE OF THEIR EMPLOYMENT.

In addition, we firmly believe that ARPAIO is DIRECTLY INVOLVED in the crimes.

Please see http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.c...

ARPAIO is a political ally of the CIA's global murdering financial terrorist GEORGE H.W. BUSH and his puppet BARRY SOETORO aka OBAMA. JOE's bought, sold, and paid for by BUSH and the CIA, which needs that DIRTY DOPE MONEY to pursue it's evil worldwide subversion.

ARPAIO has ILLEGAL OVERSEAS SLUSH FUNDS FOR TAX EVASION in HONDURAS and elsewhere, and is believed to be getting substantial cuts from the STOLEN WANTAGATE TRILLIONs detailed at http://wtsnb.blogspot.com and

http://wantagate.blogspot.com .

The attached HODGES LETTER confirms that SOETORO/OBAMA and ARPAIO's ally BUSH, Senior are co-conspirators in the WANTAGATE FINANCIAL TERRORISM.

Even if JOE isn't involved in WANTAGATE, he has FULL KNOWLEDGE OF THESE CRIMES and hasn't reported them. Therefore, he and many others in the MCSO are guilty of MISPRISION OF FELONY/TREASON; COMPOUNDING CRIMES; ACTING AS ACCESSORIES AFTER THE FACT; and possibly CONSPIRACY.

Please investigate.

Sincerely,

/s/

Bill Stoller, Logan Vanacore, and All "

You can read all about the financial terrorism issues at http://wtsnb.blogspot.com, http://wantagate.blogspot.com, and www.FourWinds10.com .

JTR, for The Class West

Jason
Jason

So, we have an 'irate'  MCSO shurf because Mexican drug cartels infiltrated the MCSO.

Wasn't this the same Flaccid Fool that cried that the Mexican drug cartels had a million-dollar bounty on his head?

Why is the Senile Spinster taking potshots at the Phoenix PD when the shurf has no clue what's going on in his own department and allows his deputies to pursue a 15 year old driver, resulting in a negligent death notice of claim valued at $2 million?

Guess what Joe?

Taxpayers will pay that family $650,000 as a result of your incompetent deputies as well as your own personal stupidity.

As for the Mexican drug cartels infiltrating the MCSO: That's stupidity on the Flaccid Fool's part as well as stupidity on the part of the three MCSO officers arrested and the four under internal investigation. Joe knew this shit was going on and he didn't put a stop to it. That's his own fault.

Jason
Jason

BTW, hey Joe, where's your good buddy Babeu? Why wasn't he wasn't a part of this whitewashed investigation of the Mexican drug cartels infiltrating your corrupt police agency?

Coz
Coz

Arpaio, the Senile old goat.

85014
85014

Joe is now the Captain of the Titanic in the law enforcement. He's lost complete control and to fix this boat, I see another $50 million in litigation and training to upright this sinking ship.@rwarrin:disqus In the interim, Joe thinks its all good, even with Operation "Change my Depends" or whatever flavor of tactical verbiage he selects. I bet Hindershit is laughing his ass off sitting in his BOA repossession house. The worst part is that the electorate will empower him with 4 more years of power because they are stupid, think believe they are safe at Tatum and Loop 101, and in the interim a few tons of coke blow North up I-17 while a few $million go south on I-17.

Mcasella_88
Mcasella_88

I wish we had Arpaio here in California. Then we wouldn't have 33 overcrowded prisons! I bet the bad apples in this case are Mexican.

Mistalee
Mistalee

I wish you had Arpaio in California too. So does much of Maricopa County. It would serve your dumb asses right. 

Coz
Coz

Nope, but you would have 5 billion in lawsuits.

Guestmcguesterson
Guestmcguesterson

You can than the three strikes law and a prison industrial complex for your over-crowding.. and no the "bad apples" in your case are not Mexican, they are U.S. Politicians. Enjoy..

Rob
Rob

Reading comprehension not your strong point, eh?  Not surprising for an Arpaio supporter.

The 3 MCSO deputies are US citizens.  Unless you think it's possible for illegal immigrants to be hired by MCSO.

WuzMoo
WuzMoo

lol, that pompous redneck hillbilly P O S Arpaio is probably on the Cartels payroll himself. That windbag is clearly corrupt as the day is long. total-privacy.no.tc

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

 rednecks are cool man. they invented the confederate flag. and they play country music and live in Trashville Nashville Tennessee. and I know most new times readers love county music.

Enemy of Evil Bastards
Enemy of Evil Bastards

Does anyone besides his hardcore supporters even listen to this loser (Arpio) anymore? 

Does anyone even give a rats ass what he has to say besides his hardcore supporters?

How does he even know what's going on in the PPD when he doesn't even know what's going on in MCSO?

Syco-Bob666th
Syco-Bob666th

 all humans are losers thats why I dont listen to any humans other than myself. trust me your better off doing it this way.

Syco-Bob666th
Syco-Bob666th

 3 can keep a secret if 2 are dead.

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

 I bet you learned hat in Nam when you were a dust off medic.

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

Oh really? Mexican gang infiltration?? Most believe the sheriff has allowed this to take place for years, to run his jails. Now is he turning on them?  He's shocked???

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

There are more than a few bad apples on the outside... like elected officials who have gotten away with abuse of power for years. Those in positions of "trust" they so quickly take others down with the buzzword. The pot calling the kettle black. Is the sheriff now turning on those who he allowed to "control" the jails for years?

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

 there is just a few bad apples in the whole human race or didnt you notice yet? you might be one of them posing as a good apple. thats how they pull it off. by pretending to be a good apple when they are not.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

As I read you comment the mental picture of Rus-SELL "Fiesta Bowl" Pearce and Andrew "Cnady" Thomas came to mind, jezz, wonder why?

Concerned Citizen and taxpayer
Concerned Citizen and taxpayer

..lest we forget, which the MCSO would like to.... Thomas/Aubuchon/Alexander and their 200,000 felony convictions overloading the jails, courts, prisons and turning Arizona into a prison/police state.

Not surprised
Not surprised

According to azcentral, looks like we'll be coughing up another $650,000 for another MCSO negligent death settlement.  Deputies pursued a 15 year old driver at high speeds, didn't follow MCSO policy regarding pursuits, which resulted in a crash that killed another driver. 

More money out the door.

Maybe if some of that $99.5 million had been spent on training, jail improvements, bringing jail health care back up to standard... instead of publicity ops...oops...special ops, just to get Arpaio's mug in front of cameras, maybe we would not have paid/continue to pay for all these wrongful death settlements?

Heck, maybe a few people would even still be alive today if Arpaio had properly spent those funds.

Throwing stones at PPD, or the "liberal" press, still doesn't make Arpaio's mismanagement and poor leadership of the MCSO any more acceptable.

Concerned Citizen and taxpayer
Concerned Citizen and taxpayer

...lest we forget, which the MCAO would like us to forget and not question how many lives were destroyed in the "troika's 200,000 convictions". An independent investigation needs to be demanded. Arizona taxpayers and people will be paying for decades on this reign of abuse of power that compromised the integrity of the courts and fair justice in Arizona.

Powell Gammill
Powell Gammill

Man, it's like a little child:  "Well, he did it too!"

Jwphx
Jwphx

The expression on Joe's face is priceless.  Looks like he needs to change his Depends.

tom
tom

Problem with that is old joe doesn't know his ass from first base.

Booshwah Rock Star
Booshwah Rock Star

 his hair is so greasy it looks like he combs it with a greasy pork chop. and it has flecks of dandruff in it to. no charge for extra grease.

Syco-Bob666th
Syco-Bob666th

 are you saying Joe is a greasy redneck cop? im thinking your correct.

Booshwah Rock Star
Booshwah Rock Star

The ATF trys to infiltrate the Hells Angels MC so why is it bad for drug cartels to infiltrate the pigs?  just goes to show you bad guys are everywhere.

Syco-Bob666th
Syco-Bob666th

 Hells Angels are cool but are suppose to be bad. Cops are bad but are suppose to be good. Cops are worse than the Hells Angels.

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

 Cops are worse than the HAMC. cops are in the news for doing bad things every month or week.the HAMC are in the news for doing bad things once or twice a year. who are really the bad guys? guys with badges and guns thats who.

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

 the HAMC are friends of mine so watch what you say about them.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

And its even easier to infiltrate a Sheriff office when the Command Staff are all corrupt and the Sheriff is asleep at the wheel, and during the very few hours a day he wakes up he turns into a Media Whore instead of a sheriff.

Jason
Jason

Sounds exactly like my oldest pug. All he does is sleep. 

But wait, my pug would be a better MCSO shurf than the shurf we have now.

Syco-Bob666th
Syco-Bob666th

 asleep at the wheel is a great western swing band.

Syco-Bob666th
Syco-Bob666th

 everybody on this comment blog is a wannabee media whore.

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