Corrupt Pima Sheriff's Deputy Sentenced for Aiding Smugglers

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Pima County Sheriff's Department

A judge sentenced a former Pima County Sheriff's deputy for his role in ripping off drug smugglers, attempting to distribute marijuana, and aiding a drug trafficking organization. 

Francisco Jimenez pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five years in prison for conspiring to commit offenses against the United States: stealing government money and possession with intent to distribute marijuana, all done because of an agreement with a drug trafficking organization to protect drug loads and steal money from rival organizations. 

When Jimenez finishes his prison term he'll spend three years under supervised release and pay $12,000 in restitution to the government. 

The FBI had been investigating a ring of drug smugglers which included Jimenez and another Pima County Sheriff's deputy. Through their investigation, the FBI alleged that Jimenez had twice pulled over cars suspected to have just made drug deals and both times pilfered $4,000 from their glove boxes. 

A third incident involved the alleged theft of marijuana from a storage facility in Green Valley, Arizona in late November of 2010. The report accuses Jimenez of driving his patrol car to guard the place while the others in the smuggling ring - Frankie Carlos Cancannon, Jesus Corrales, Emerick Rene Parra, and another former Pima County Sheriff's deputy Miguel Arvizu - broke in to steal the drugs and drug money stashed inside. 

When the feds charged the men originally, they alleged that Arvizu had told Cancannon, Corrales and Parra that as an officer he would - and could get others to - help steal cash and drugs from smugglers.

Arvizu was sentenced last July to five years in prison for his role in arranging and participating in the thefts. He'll also serve three years supervised release and pay $31,000 in restitution. 

Arvizu was originally charged with eight counts, including conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States, theft of government money and property, attempted distribution of three kilograms of cocaine, attempted possession with the intent to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana, and assaulting a person having lawful charge, custody, and control of money and other property of the United States, with intent to rob, steal and purloin said money, and property of the United States. 

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The Mexican Army was caught using a Humvee given to them by the U.S. to transfer Drugs accross the Border.

The U.S. Border Patrol has been caught transfering large amounts of drugs up from the Border.

Sheriffs Deputies in Pima, and Maricopa Counties Arizona have been caught transporting large amounts of Drugs further inside Arizona.

U.S. Army members have been caught transporting large amounts of Drugs in Arizona, headed to the EastCoast.

Will the "Real Drug Cartel's" please stand up?

Yes Governments members of Mexico, and the U.S.

To: Justice?1


There may be some cops who aren't crooked, somewhere.


I picked up  a hitch  hiker one time who said there is nothing like watching your 18 wheeler getting a special pass through "LA PLAZA" -port of entry.


This is normal along the border. I would say about 30 % of law enforcement are on the take.The more customs and border patroll agents,the more to bribe.(Win win for everyone) Everyone has a  price,money ,sex drugs,what is your price?Nothing new along LA FRONTERA,where contraband over an imaginary line makes many people dinero.......just ask kiki camarena                 FRONTERA


Guess I'm going to have to go look this case up.  When you look at Joe's office and recall the shot deputy in Pinal County, when Pinal 'lost' the evidence (i.e. accidently washed the shirt), it's curious the FBI would be investigating in Pima County.  Myabe Pima was a little more cooperative? I don't know, but it is something to look at.


lol, sound liek your averafge cop to me. He must have stepped on some pretty big toes.

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