Joe Arpaio Thanks Mexican Authorities for Helping Returning His Escaped Inmate

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Rocky Marquez
There's something that's just so priceless about Sheriff Joe Arpaio having to thank the Mexican authorities for helping return an inmate who escaped from one of his jails months ago.

From his general immigration-enforcement policies and the multiple racial-profiling lawsuits against him to specific comments, like the time he urged a boycott of Mexico or when he referred to Mexican migrants as "dirty" -- it's just damn priceless.

See also:
-Joe Arpaio Escapee Rocky Marquez Arrested in Mexico, After Second Jail Escape
-Joe Arpaio on Mexican Migrants: "They're All Dirty"
-Joe Arpaio Calls for Boycott of Mexico
-Joe Arpaio Admits He Busted Mexicans to "Spite" Critics
-Joe Arpaio on Glenn Beck Re: Mexican Migrants, "They Like to Fight Each Other"

Sure, Arpaio will point to the days that dinosaurs roamed the Earth, when he had some sort of relationship with Mexican authorities, when he worked for the agency that would later be named the Drug Enforcement Administration.

But just soak in the U.S. Marshals Service press release that quotes Arpaio thanking everyone for helping return inmate Rocky Marquez, who essentially walked out of one of Arpaio's jails in May.

"Rocky Marquez escaped from two jails using an unusual ruse. But thanks to the cooperative efforts of the U.S. Marshals Service, my office and Mexican authorities, he is back in custody," Arpaio says in his canned statement. "Upon his arrival, Marquez will be placed in 23-hour lockdown to prevent any future escape attempts. As someone who worked in Mexico years ago as a federal drug enforcement official, I certainly appreciate the help of the Mexican authorities."

In May, Marquez somehow persuaded another inmate to switch identities with him, as this inmate had his bond posted and was all set to walk out the door himself -- legally.

Marquez -- who was still awaiting trial, and had no release date in sight -- switched ID wristbands with the other inmate, and while the wristbands have pictures, an MCSO spokesman told New Times that they looked similar.

Marquez then must have then the other inmate's date of birth and other random personal information to the officer at the exit door to convince him that he was the other guy.

In the end, Marquez walked right out the door and wasn't seen for months.

The U.S. Marshals Service eventually tracked down Marquez to the Detroit area in January, and while Marquez was in the custody of authorities in Wayne County, Michigan -- waiting to be extradited back to Maricopa County -- he pulled the same gag he'd pulled on Arpaio's boys.

This time, the Marshals Service and Mexican authorities tracked down Marquez to a "city center apartment in Hermosillo, Sonora."

The Marshals Service says Marquez was deported from Mexico back to the United States yesterday.

Now that Arpaio has his inmate back, let's see how long they can keep him this time.

Back in Maricopa County, Marquez had been in the jail since September 2010, facing charges of perjury, forgery, witness tampering, DUI, misconduct involving weapons, and leaving the scene of an accident.


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AZREDNECK1958
AZREDNECK1958

AINT THAT NICE NOW WE GOT THEM DEPORTING THEM FROM MEXICO TO THE U.S.  THEY BETTER LOCK THIS ONE UP IN SOLITARY.

Warrior-X
Warrior-X

Let's no forget that Adrian Cruz who sucessfully escaped under the beady eyes of the Flaccid Failure. And Mr. Cruz is still out there walking around free.

robert_graham
robert_graham

And what's wrong with that?  Oh, I suppose you think Marquez should not have been extradited to face the music, right? 

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

There was no reason for Joe to thank Mexican authorities.  The guy was found in Hermosillo which is only like 500 miles from Rocky Point, which according to Gov. Brewer is practically in Arizona.   As Gov. Brewer proclaimed in a NY Times interview in 2012, "Puerto Peñasco, 60 miles south of our border, just had five people and a police officer killed. That is like part of Arizona, "  So, Joe thanking Mexican authorities is really nothing more than Joe thanking himself.

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

What about that other pesky walk away? ADRIAN CRUZ. The convicted rapist of a nine year old child he impregnated. CRUZ also walked away from MCSO custody, and stole a judges leather jacket, as well.

Pfffftttt... CRUZ just walked away and became invisible. Like flatulence in a hurricane.

Was that just another, "Oh darn it" moment, or was the walk away planned and paid for? With no investigation and no discipline and no apparent resolution we have no way of knowing, do we?

It's far past time for the shurf to hang up his plastic pistol tie tack and munch on the spring grasses in Masses, tuchetts, that is.

The recall is upon the old guy and he knows he will be facing a recall election soon, just like the disgraced former state senate president did. That same guy who said, "I ain't worried about no recall".

The MCSO Sheriff is mentally ill, and unable to do his job completely and effectively.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

why isnt he thanking the Michigan police for their co-operation too? they helped also. its not like they were the first ones to lose the guy

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan of course he should be extradited, only we need to do it to an agency that can hold him.  MCSO and Michigan dont seem quite up to that task

robert_graham
robert_graham

@JohnQ.Public He should not have thanked them?  Who then should he have thanked instead... the Canadian authorities?  South of the Border IS south of the border just like illegal means illegal.

robert_graham
robert_graham

@Tommy_Collins Oh and I read once that an inmate in Dallas, Texas escaped, another one in Miami, FL got away and in California over the past several years several inmates have managed to escape so I want you to research those cases and scold the sheriffs responsible. Or do you just care and make it a big deal when somebody manages to escape from MCSO?

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@JoeArpaioFan it was a joke. You are an idiot

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan  how awesome of an escape artist must he be to get away from the self proclaimed toughest sheriff?

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