Sheriff Arpaio's Office, in Seeming Defiance of Judge, Arrests Five Suspected Illegal Immigrants on Human-Smuggling Charges

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Two of the five men arrested yesterday on suspicion of human smuggling and conspiracy.
 

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office arrested five men last night on suspicion of human smuggling and conspiracy, days after a federal judge's ruling on such investigations.

Looks like Sheriff Joe Arpaio, under more pressure than ever to reform his ways, is sticking to his statement that he won't stop his enforcement operations against illegal immigrants.

Arpaio, who's in Iowa stumping on behalf of presidential candidate Rick Perry, will likely comment on the arrests tomorrow, says MCSO spokesman Lieutenant Jesse Spurgin.

In a major racial-profiling lawsuit against the sheriff's office on Friday, U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow issued an order that restricts the way the sheriff's office can conduct human-smuggling investigations. Snow ruled that MCSO can't detain someone solely on the belief that the person might be in the country illegally.

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Arpaio likely won't comment on the human-smuggling arrests until tomorrow, says an MCSO spokesman.

The sheriff's office has been using the legal concept, (which Snow says isn't legally sound), to further its investigations on the street of immigrants suspected of smuggling themselves or others into the country.

If Snow expected this to put a temporary halt to arrests of foreign nationals on state human-smuggling charges, he was wrong.

In looking at the booking paperwork for the suspects, it appears to us that this investigation was just the sort the judge was talking about.

Arpaio had his human smuggling detectives staking out the area near the intersection of Interstate 17 and Carefree Highway last night, and they pounced when they saw a brown Chevy Astro Van with California plates that looked like it was speeding.

Deputies followed the van, noting that it traveled up to 58 mph in a 45 mph zone, and had changed lanes to exit on Carefree Highway westbound without signaling. Under these pretexts, the human smuggling detectives pulled over the van.

A deputy saw right away that a middle bench to the van had been removed and the vehicle was packed with 12 people, some lying down on the floor with no space to move freely.

The Spanish-speaking passengers were disheveled, dusty and nervous. They had no luggage.

In other words, it appeared to detectives that the group was in the country illegally.

"At this point, detectives recognized this as a human smuggling incident," a deputy wrote in court paperwork.


Based on this suspicion, they began to further investigate the possible crime of human smuggling. Isn't this method of investigation precisely what Judge Snow was talking about? Sure seems that way to us.


As you can see from one of the booking sheets below, some of the immigrants made admissions and were subsequently booked into jail -- with no-bond status recommended, due to Prop 100.


We'll check in with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureau today to find out how they were involved. On December 16, ICE canceled its agreement to let county detention officers act as federal immigration oficers in Maricopa jails and announced that 50 ICE agents would be assigned to the jail to take up the slack.


Arpaio wrote in an opinion article published yesterday in USA Today that the federal government was trying to put MCSO "out of the illegal immigration enforcement business" because of politics.


It's just one more of Arpaio's silly conspiracy theories. Everyone's against him, he thinks -- from civil rights leaders to the Justice Department to judges like Snow, who was appointed by President Bush.


Busting more Mexicans, he supposes, might help convince his supporters that he's right.


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Mark
Mark

I don't like Sheriff Arpaio's bankrupting the county, racial profiling, coddling Aryan Nation members and arresting opponents, can't wait for him to go. However in this case, it was different from the Guadalupe mess. I 17 has smugglers traveling north regularly, the van was operating in a 45 MPH zone, not at 45, 50 or 55 but 58 MPH. That and the California plates caused the deputies to stop the van with reasonable cause. That they found the middle bench removed and found 12 disheveled dusty men and women on the floor was justified for what they did. now's ruling was very valid for abuses but I don't see this stop as abuse of power. I don't feel Judge Snow's order applies in this case. They all need jail downtown with some green baloney then deportation.

Mirko Masini
Mirko Masini

they do look like cartel people...but maybe they are just just good dads and husbands..ya right...

rosalia136
rosalia136

Does anyone know what the cartel look like do they have distinctive features or do they look the bad guys, I don't think so, there is a small percentage that are good fathers and mothers but do you not understand their still in this country illegally.  People from all over the world come here with the proper documentation and are furious that people from Mexico do nothing about getting their papers in order and think they can  demand that they have any kind of rights here.  all you people who are in favor of illegals I would like to see you go and rent an apartment or a house saturated with illegals and live there for a month.  And I mean where the gangs from Mexico and the drop houses are, and for the small percentage that really don't bother anyone they are being targeted by the criminal element the Mexicans their own.  They do as they are told or threatened, intimidated, how about the home invasions. 

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Sharon Gard
Sharon Gard

I wish this country had a few thousand more Sheriff Joe's.  When your taxes go up to support your schools to pay to educate illegal's children, when citizens are being killed on our roads by uninsured and usually drunk illegals, when jobs Americans would do are filled with illegals, when illegals vote in our elections, when hospitals are closing because they are being bleed dry taking care of illegals who can not pay their bill, and when illegals even sign up for social benefits ment for American citizens stressing those programs to the point of breaking, many of us true American tax paying citizens have a major problem. "Good citizens" do not come into a country illegally.  Those of you who are supporters of the illegals might take a historically accurate book on the demise of Rome and read what the invasion of "illegals" did for Rome. The one thing illegals have accomplished is to cause over taxed American citizens to look at every Mexican or South American and wonder...Are they one of the blasted illegals who are destroying my country? When we are living in a "3rd world country" you can give your thanks to the illegals and all of their defenders.

CrustyOldGeezer
CrustyOldGeezer

A story from December 2010?

You troll forever don't you?

Kay
Kay

You've already been proven so full of crap that it's amazing you have flushed yourself down the latrine.

CrustyOldGeezer
CrustyOldGeezer

it's good to see the children playing quietly in their corner and not bothering the adults for a change.

Bobble headed cellar dwellers pretending they have value.

Kay
Kay

He is creepy, isn't he?  He has these fixations with "mommies" and "basements" and "diapers"...I think "Crusty" is metaphorical for something we should consider ourselves fortunate not to know about.

rosalia136
rosalia136

@ kay good one, they are laughing at crusty, notice no is defending el creep o.

CrustyOldGeezer
CrustyOldGeezer

Why yes, I do believe I have a very good grasp of the level of intelligence I have to deal with when I open the cellar door.

Too bad that you don't understand the concept of Maturity and other Adult behaviorism.

But, you hang in there cupcake.

Kay
Kay

You really have no idea what we're talking about! You should educate yourself...you've really never heard to term "tilting at windmills"?  You think we're talking about your generators.....and you wonder why people are laughing at you over their morning coffee!! 

CrustyOldGeezer
CrustyOldGeezer

Still generating electricity and pumping money into my bank accounts.

jealous?

Kay
Kay

Its already been proven to everyone but you...its just fun time now!!  I was in flaf for a week and was just cleaning out my bookmarks and decided to click this thread...there you are still trying to convince people of your delusions...amazing!!  You are, as TruConserve said, the gift that keeps giving...how are those windmills??

CrustyOldGeezer
CrustyOldGeezer

Still just childish attacks with nothing of substance concerning the issues.

Why is that?

Prove me wrong on the issues little feller....  is that your mommy yelling through the basement door again?

Nancee Lee
Nancee Lee

amazing!!clearly judge snow is more concerned w/protecting the [rights??]of the illegals than the safety of the citizens of arizona - for crying out loud -they were speeding ,had a light out  and illegally changed lanes -even legal ciizens would be stopped -why do we have cops if we don't let them do their jobs??this judge should be promoted to janitor [probaly not qualified!!] in my book!!

Kpegjer94
Kpegjer94

Just when in the  hell  is someone going to stop thos  two bit tyrant  ??????He has appointed himself   immigration  expert.......HE KILLS PEOPLE IN HIS JAILS ..........MIS SPENDS 99 MILLION DOLLARS ,,,,,,,,,,   MIS HANDLES OVER 400 SEX CRIMES   ONE BEING 2  YEARS  OLD ............ doesnt the   board of supervisors have the power to put MCSO   into recievership ?????  basically   stopping all this ????    WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON .......NONE OF THIS IS REALLY POLICE WORK .........

rosalia136
rosalia136

To answer your question, no the Board of Supervisors do not have the power to force the sheriff to resign or fire him the only one who could do that is the Gov., and that's not going to happen. Randy Parraz knows that. About those sex crimes that were mishandled what the 2,500 sex mishandled by the police department?   http://sonoranalliance.com/tag...

rosalia136
rosalia136

meant to say what about the 2,500 sex crimes mishandled by police dept.

CrustyOldGeezer
CrustyOldGeezer

Do you have any actual "Proof" of the charges you just laid out?

Or is it just you repeating what you have been told to think?

rosalia136
rosalia136

Meanwhile, the City of Phoenix has nearly 2,500 cases involving sex crimes and molestation currently under review. Many of these were never pursued or were mishandled. These cases surfaced only months ago, yet there is a deafening silence from  elected officials.  Also we do not have the facts on the inmate that died.  Phoenix pd were there as well, plus there is no audio so we do not have the facts. No complaints about CPS placing children back with their abusers?  These children are murdered by the people that CPS allowed them to be placed back.

CrustyOldGeezer
CrustyOldGeezer

I suppose I could copy and paste the entire article your link took me to, but I don't think your would read it here either.

The article is highly critical of the Democrats that have been screaming for the resignation of Sheriff Arpaio, but absolutely silent on the subject of the democrat mayor.

Here's a couple of snippets from your link to illustrate the point.

"The actions and words of Ruben Gallego, Randy Parraz, Steve Gallardo, Kyrsten Sinema, Congress members Ed Pastor and Raul Grijalva, and other elected Democrats, reek of political opportunism and partisanship. After all, these are the same Democrats that have been opposed to the Sheriff’s enforcement of illegal immigration laws for years.The fact of the matter is this: the mishandling of these cases was brought to the Sheriff’s attention in 2007. Arpaio immediately ordered the cases re-opened and investigated. They have been brought to a conclusion. Further, the Sheriff is hiring an expert in the area of sex crimes investigations to train staff for future cases and will offer that service to other law enforcement agencies."

And

"Meanwhile, the City of Phoenix has nearly 2,500 cases involving sex crimes and molestation currently under review. Many of these were never pursued or were mishandled. These cases surfaced only months ago, yet there is a deafening silence from these elected officials in calling for elected Mayor Phil Gordon, a Democrat ally, to immediately resign.Why would they remain silent about Phil Gordon? Mayor Gordon was responsible for going to Washington several times to request that the Justice Department investigate Arpaio’s enforcement of state and federal immigration laws."Yes, indeed, WHY are they silent on Phil Gordon?Facts iz FACTS, and they are stubborn things to deal with in the political world these days.....

rosalia136
rosalia136

As for the rest about CPS and phx.pd, do you not read the news paper or listen to the news.

Pale Coney
Pale Coney

 People say there is this RACE problem and this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY White country and ONLY into White countries. They say the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY White country and ONLY White countries to “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-Whites. It’s really just the final solution to the White problem. It’s genocide. They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-White. Anti-racist is a code word for anti-White. 

right
right

This sheriff is doing his job. He was upholding the law. As far as I know the illegals that are criminals need to pay the price the same as anyone else. How do you find out what the person has done unless they are questioned, how can the officer do his job. Police pull over and question no matter what color they are. It is their job. We do need need to get the crinimals off the street . Too many violent crimes are commited to innocent people.  When a cop finds a person that is illegal he has already commited a crime by coming into this country the illegal way. If we let everyone off that commits a crime no one would want to live in this country.

Sdfsdf
Sdfsdf

No one says that a 100% Black neighborhood needs more diversity.

No one says that a 100% Asian neighborhood needs more diversity.

No one says that a 100% Muslim neighborhood needs more diversity.

According to anti-Whites, they are already 100% diverse.

All White neighborhoods and only White neighborhoods need to be more diverse. White neighborhoods only stop needing to be more diverse when there are no White people left in them.

Anti-racist is a codeword people HIDE BEHIND to be anti-White.

matt gordon
matt gordon

It is rather amusing that 'America's Toughest Sheriff' is so fast to play the victim card when he is called out on his actions.

Guest
Guest

HE'S DOING HIS JOB, YOU MORONS!  THE REASON HE ARRESTS MEXICANS IS BECAUSE IT'S MOSTLY MEXICANS WHO ARE BRINGING THE DRUGS/PROSTITUTION, ETC. UP HERE.  IF THEY WERE IRISH, HE WOULD BE ARRESTING IRISH, IF THEY WERE POLISH, HE WOULD BE ARRESTING POLISH.  BUT NOTICE HOW THEY ALWAYS YELL RACISM BECAUSE THEY KNOW THEY'RE WRONG!  Speaking of "racism", I have lived in many countries but the most Racist country I have ever lived in is called "Mexico".  They hate blacks (I really don't understand it but I kept hearing all those nasty words they call them for no reason) and most of all they really treat their Indians horribly!  They Mexican indigenous live in dire poverty and fear, have to cover their faces with kerchiefs/bandannas to protect themselves and are the only people not required to go to school (great way to keep them down). We tried helping them but Mexico and Mexicans keep them down and treat them terribly.

CrustyOldGeezer
CrustyOldGeezer

Ohhh... now yo're going to wake up the idiots and fools that will proudly declare that racism is alive and well because most of the ILLEGAL ALIENS are of a single race.

These people think that if an illegal alien murders a Caucasian it's perfectly acceptable because the victim was probably a racist anyway.

A reasonably intelligent person would make the connection that if the prisons and jails were filled with minorities, it was because the minority population produces more criminals.

A liberal, on the other hand, takes the assumption that the laws are race based specifically to punish the minority races.

If you would care to investigate the causes....

Most minority criminals live in poverty areas created by liberal politicians policies designed to keep the minorities in despair and dependent on the political promises given by inept and corrupt politicians that hold POWER OVER the minorities.

The minorities willfully accept the SLAVERY aspects in order to have government largess distributed to them in exchange for their votes.

So far there have been ZERO valid charges brought against Joe that were not POLITICALLY motivated and pursued by corrupt politicians that see their petty little fiefdoms being eroded away by LAW ENFORCEMENT.

Guest23
Guest23

Arpaio is doing a crappy job, has his priorities all screwed up and is taking questionable actions that are costing taxpayers 100s of millions of unnecessary dollars. Laws are the rules of the societal game we call life and arpaio is playing fast and loose with them. If the general public must live by the rule law so must the sheriff and obviously he is not or he wouldnt keep having the feds all over his ass and continually losing lawsuits related to his actions. Also, so if you encountered racism in mexican culture that makes it ok? People do not yell racism because they know they ared wrong moron, they do so because the actions fit the definition of racism plain and simple. Ask the american indians how well the us govt has treated them since whitey moved to this continent, using your logic they should be able to treat the govt and the people that support it in the same manner.

Anon
Anon

Over 20,500 signatures demanding Sheriff Arpaio's resignation. He should be indicted and incarcerated, not just resign!

Criminal Justice Petition: Demand the Resignation of Sheriff Joe Arpaio | Change.orghttp://www.change.org/petitions/deman...

rosalia136
rosalia136

Sorry, your petition means nothing, the sheriff is running for re-election.

CrustyOldGeezer
CrustyOldGeezer

...a link to a pro-obama site with a bunch of 'signers', most of which are not residents or Legal Citizens of Arizona, much less actually located in The United State...

And you think your post has merit?

Interesting....

Randy922
Randy922

Keep up the GREAT work Joe!1  This country NEEDS you..

Guest23
Guest23

Oh yeah, that's what this country needs is another redneck good ol' boy corrupt politician. It is morons like you that are responsible for some 400 sex crimes going uninvestigated, 100s of millions of dollars wasted, goon squads arresting innocent people in the middle of the night on trued up warrants and no grand jury ruling.

CrustyOldGeezer
CrustyOldGeezer

Well... if you really believe all those charges in your list.....,

Can we expect to see YOUR NAME on the ballot for Sheriff of Maricopa County in the next election cycle?

or are you one of the 'little people' that squeal from the shadows in hopes of Glinda slowly descending from the clouds with her magic wand... and a spare of ruby slippers so you can escape the real world you find yourself trapped in?

CrustyOldGeezer
CrustyOldGeezer

No.  The comment that you are referring to I attacked the shallowness of the posters positions and pointed out that he.she drops back to the usual liberal position of atttack the messenger if you can't attack the position.

rosalia136
rosalia136

Hey, you Crusty you are the one making personal attacks with anyone that does not agree with you.  

CrustyOldGeezer
CrustyOldGeezer

In other words, you have nothing of value to say so you go off topic and launch personal attacks in hopes others will not noticed the emptiness of your positions and comments?

Typical USELESS liberal.

CrustyOldGeezer
CrustyOldGeezer

In other words, you do not have the courage of your beliefs?

Or you are just another blowhard that likes to spew venom from the anonymity of a keyboard in your mommies basement?

Typical liberal.....

Kay
Kay

If you start seeing flying monkey's Geezer, it's time to call 911

Kay
Kay

What in the hell are smoking????

andy
andy

should have taken them into the desert and buried them in the sand

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