Joe Arpaio Takes Full Advantage of Scary Box in Mail: "I'm a Victim"

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio
Authorities in Flagstaff discovered a package with a rudimentary explosive device addressed to Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and the Sheriff pulled out all the stops for this one.

Trump up reality? Check. Play the victim? Check. Blame Mexican drug cartels, try to associate the incident with unrelated murders for all the drooling reporters to lap up, while leaving New Times out of it? Check.

The story's fairly simple -- the package was picked up by a mailman from a drop-off near Flagstaff, and at least one postal worker thought it was suspicious. There was excessive postage on it, and it was addressed to Arpaio.

The postal inspector got involved, and they found that the box had explosive powder, and what appeared to be wires and a battery.

So, Arpaio holds the press conference -- one of those press conferences where the invite to New Times conveniently gets lost in an apparent e-mail black hole -- as Arpaio and chief deputy Jerry Sheridan trumped up reality.

We caught part of this thanks to a live feed from Channel 3, as Sheridan explained that it's "very much like cartels" to do something like this. Sheridan referred to this as "an actual explosive device," which all sounded oh-so-credible when he explained, "I'm not making this up."

Well, a law-enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation tells New Times it was "not a very sophisticated device."

We're told it has all the parts required to make an explosion, but authorities don't know at this point if the device would have created any explosion at all.

There was also a return address on the box, so we'll know shortly if the device-mailer was dumb enough to put his own address on there.

Meanwhile, Arpaio explained in the presser that his "good sources" indicated a cartel connection. We're guessing those might be the same "sources" who told Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu that a cartel was responsible for the five bodies of a Tempe family found burned in the desert (which turned out to be a murder/suicide perpetrated by the husband/father, who was not connected to cartels at all).

"I'm a victim," Arpaio said, apparently trying to convince everyone that he's not crying wolf in the death-threat department this time.

He repeated the false claim that cartels offer millions of dollars for his head, and floated the possibility -- as if it had any basis in reality -- that this package might be related to the killing of Colorado's prisons chief.

Arpaio talked about the media attention given to "groups" that don't like him -- which we assume to be the recall effort -- and says this negative attention toward him will "cause people to do bad things." Nice try.

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gerry_c
gerry_c

I believe that the security detail was necessitated when they figured out that he should not be driving any longer.  The first assassination threat was necessary to demonstrate and justify the security detail.  it seems to me that this caused an outpouring of Poor Joe publicity and from then on it has fed on itself.    The threats seem to come when OSB has been roughed up (politically that is, not by a cartel-funded hit-sidewalk taking a shot at him).  

Ever notice how the discussions about his security detail tend to mimic that which is publicly known about the Secret Service?  After all, OSB is pretty tight with the Secret Service having teamed up with Andrew Thomas to issue a letter warning them that one Donald Stapley was traveling to Washington D.C. while under indictment for more than one hundred counts, many of which were felonies.  It was sad that OSB and Thomas were never properly rewarded for their heroic acts.  As we know, Mr. Stapley went to D.C. and the President was not harmed.  Do you think we would have had that outcome without the letter being sent by Messrs Arpaio and Thomas?  Sorry, I digressed.

As I recall, there was, and there may still be, an active assassination contract against OSB issued by one or more Mexican drug cartels.  This contract was offered on the open market by means of a text message and was valued at $5M.  By comparison, Babeu needed a helicopter because he had been marked for assassination by a cartel and there was an active $1M contract on his head.  The source of this one was not disclosed.  Not sure what the difference in price was about, but neither contract seemed to gain traction.  I have to believe that OSB is considered by the cartels to be an asset.  A Nickel-bag law enforcement approach touches people locally.  To make a dent in cartel activity in Maricopa County would require substantial patience and persistence.  This approach is not feasible because it would yield a single major press release per year.  Nickel bag stuff can easily net one or two a week.

If a cartel wanted to spend $5M to assassinate OSB, do you think they would employ the tactics seen in this scary box case?  Someone with that sort of motivation and backing would not employ this approach.

What was done with this box was apparently very illegal, very dangerous, very stupid, and very incompetent.  So much so that I wonder if this were not staged by someone (not related to Arpaio at all I am sure) hoping that the publicity and sympathy would help OSB with respect to the recall.  It is almost as if the desire was to demonstrate a real potential for danger, but at the same time not wanting to kill anybody, but maybe just singe their eyebrows.  Of course with OSB, the hair grease could turn a spark into a Michael Jackson Pepsi commercial episode.  If this was some stunt, it is one of the stupidest that I have ever heard of.  Unabomber-Lite has no place in our society and this should be viciously punished if the perpetrator is apprehended.


I wish Arpaio no harm whatsoever as he continues on his path to irrelevance.  Just be careful of those sidewalks Joe.  Your true lack of Shurffing effectiveness will keep you safe from the cartels.

TeaPublican
TeaPublican

Oh for crying out loud!  Some liberal nut or drug lord sends a bomb to try and kill Sheriff Joe and you liberal nuts get upset that Joe says he is a victim?  And it doesn't seem like your upset that one of your own might of sent that bomb?  What the heck kind of people are you?  No wonder you will never hold any political office in Arizona!  Thank God!

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

Sources say the package went high order when FPD attempted to disrupt it.  That makes it something more than a "scary box."  The last person in the Phoenix Metro area to eat a letter bomb was a journalist...you'd think they'd be a bit more empathetic to such incidents.

  Hendley, you're content is weaksauce.  Are you worried this new writer is going to bump you?

DNichols
DNichols

@ Arpaio's "Butt Monkey" aka (J.A.F.)

Did you have a nice drive up to Flag?

I sure hope they catch the weasel responsibe for scaring Old Fart Joe.

The Media sure loved this Publicity Stunt, all we need now is for Mike Watkiss to do a special Drama Queen report on Arizona's other Drama Queen, Mike can make anything into Maximum "Drama".

Trinonymous
Trinonymous

Hope he didn't have one of his subordinates drive all the way up there to mail that on the taxpayers dime.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

the only bomb Arpaio got in the mail was a copy of the latest Seagal movie on DVD......and yes, watching it would have been painful

DNichols
DNichols

If any one reaaly wanted to harm Arpaio they would have placed a thick door mat in front of his Office.

DNichols
DNichols

The timing of this Box comming what about a week after Arpaio's dorks wanted to increase Arpaio''s Security citing a Sheriff 2,000 miles away being killed makes me wonder if all of the Planets in the Universe lined up, or was this an M.C.S.O. staged Stunt for Publicity just like the 1980's Sauaro Lake Drug bust which M.C.S.O claimed was the "Largest Drug Bust in Arizona History", the M.C.S.O. staged the whole thing using Drugs from their evidence locker, then called all of the gullible Arizona Media to the Lake.  The Media ate the Scam up!

Was this yet another M.C.S.O. staged Publicity Stunt?!

No one on Earth would really be stupid enough to think any package could make it to the "Drama Queen" Arpaio.

Or did all of the Planets line up for Arpaio?

No one wants to harm the M.C.S.O. "Drama Queen".

In any case "Media Whore" back in full swing.

cassityg32
cassityg32

I'd bet everything he sent it to himself just to get the sympathy & publicity. Ass

cassityg32
cassityg32

I'd bet everything he sent it to himself just to get the sympathy & publicity. Ass

cassityg32
cassityg32

I'd bet everything he sent it to himself just to get the sympathy & publicity. Ass

cassityg32
cassityg32

I'd bet everything he sent it to himself just to get the sympathy & publicity. Ass

cassityg32
cassityg32

I'd bet everything he sent it to himself just to get the sympathy & publicity. Ass

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

I was wondering if there's a next time They might say that He was molested by a CARTEL'S MEMBER, lol.Are U taking notes Jaffy.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

Joe was a victim??? I bet there are 430 sexual assault victims who could really give a rats ass for his little sob for sympathy.......(if he was a victim)

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

I bet you say the same thing about every other law enforcement officer who is threatened - that it's no big deal. The FBI is on to the suspect and he or she will be caught soon and boy will they be sorry. Once they are sitting in a tiny little cell at the 4th Avenue jail, Arpaio should appear at their door and ask "now what was that you were saying about me?"  Like they say, don't bite the hand that feeds you.  Whoever is responsible is in for a good ass whipping when caught.  It's gotta be some lowlife beaner of course.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

so basically, the little princess "Josephina" Arizona's own little media maven has evidently not gotten enough attention with his broken shoulder, so he is going to try to set up another "learning disabled" person as a mad-bomber.........better be careful Jaffy, they dont get anymore "learning disabled" than you, and with your history of violent psychotic outbursts..... you fall under the profile of who they might want to use as a fall guy. (by the way...still looking forward to seeing you ever finish your little website that you keep threatening to post everyones personal info on)

seems_to_me
seems_to_me

Seems to me the biggest threat to Arpaio's health is walking.

bugzbunny
bugzbunny

I bet the "explosive device" had ACME written on the side. what a maroon!!! Shurf jokes up to his old media stunts again. how pathetic can one man be?

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

Where is "yourproductsucks" today.  Oh how he jumps on people for laughing at the Joke, but claims he never has backed up Joke!


Is the campaign season warming up and he's got to do "professional" PR for other dirtbags?

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

When Jerry the Gerbil said in the press conference today that this was the first time the Joke had been threatened by an explosive device, why did none of the press in attendance ask him about when MCSO set up James Savelle and using an ABC15 camera crew, watch him put a MCSO made "bomb" under Joke's car?

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

FFFFFUUUCCCKKK...Not again, seems that the CORRUPT SHURF is obsessed with explosives. I mean, who in the fuck would send a suspicious explosive package through the mail to The POS, knowing that is going to be intercepted before it gets to Him.......probably this is just another staged shit for the Loonies to see that their "Martyr" is under attack...... again, and from none other than the CARTELS, -who seems to have an absession for Him- and that means that They have to hurry!!! and send that needed money to protect His beloved ass. N-WAY, Jaffy should be considered prime suspect since it seems that He would do anything to keep the OLD FART relevant. I also heard that He wants to start selling pieces of shit to the Loonies from when the Old Fart was postrated in bed, as a token of appreciation.

Cozz
Cozz

Yup, Bozo Joe Arpaio is a real legend in his own feeble mind alright.

Concerned_Food_Fan
Concerned_Food_Fan

Why would the cartels care about Joe Arpaio?  Unless they were hungry and pissed because he had their line cooks arrested..


shadeaux14
shadeaux14 topcommenter

It was a vibrator wasn't it Jaffy?


That's why your rantings are even more batshit paranoid than they usually are.

Maybe it was one of those double headed ones, Would've blown a hole in his ass and your face.

marcy
marcy

This is a shocker, Joe coudn't stand all those stories about a real sheriff who was gunned down, wouldn't surprise me at all if it turned out it was an inert device sent by one a lover of Joe.


I'd check the box for any Burger King grease stains.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

JoeArpaioFan is now resorting to Gestapo tactics and issuing threats and trying to intimidate anyone who posts against arpaio. Im pretty sure this state just recently passed a law making online threats/bullying a crime. I say we all file a joint report, and get together with some popcorn to watch his perp walk. 

frank.chacon
frank.chacon

@JoeArpaioFan go fuck yourself you or better yet let that fat slop joe fuck you instead. The Newstimes will tell mcso to go fuck themselves. No way would they release names or screen names of anyone here. Don't forget when candy ass andy and your joke hero arrested the editors and they had to drop all charges especially since they were bullshit. your hero is a 0 senile piece of shit that should have rode into the sunset many years ago. 

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

Whoever did this will be caught - I guarantee it. Because chances are good that the suspect is one of the Arpaio haters here, a warrant will be served on the New Times to obtain a list of all bloggers and those who have blasted Arpaio will be a suspect.  Trust me, you may think it's funny or no big deal but once the suspect is caught, he or she will be sorry they were ever born.  The ATF and FBI does not play games, they have advanced forensics and will find whoever is responsible.  Could the responsible party be the writer of this article?  He needs to be looked at as well as Stephen Lemons and Ray Stern.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan lol he wont even go face to face with his political opponents, much less someone threatening him...besides, its just another political ruse by MCSO im betting since Joes scared that they almost have the signatures for the recall...

cassityg32
cassityg32

You sound like such a kid when you post "there gonna get it na na". "Your a doody head na na na" hahahahaha

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan  

oooooo.. yeah Joe is such a big tough guy when there are a set of bars between him and who he is talking to, or a bunch of overweight fat fucks with guns (MCSO Deputies) standing right behind him.

I've stood up to Joe to his face. He is a wimp unless he has someone/something to hide behind or someone to fight his battles for him.

Yeah, such a tough guy.... about as tough as a slug

Cozz
Cozz

@JoeArpaioFan  

Come on Jaffy, tell the truth, you sent it to get some attention for your daddy.

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

@Jaffy,.........."Arpaio should appear at their door and ask "now what was that You were saying about me".......BUAHA HA HA HA HA, What a fucking LOOSER U R Jaffy. The CORRUPT POS probably wouldn't have the balls to even get near an immate with that attitude, and dare to say that on anybody's face, and if He does it, is probably with the help of His goon squad holding the guy down as they do so often.. BTW, can U mention any other officer beign threatened, or is it UR usual bullshit. Something else, it is The OLD FOOL who shouldn't be biting the hand that feeds Him, U have to remember that He is the Taxpayer's employee. NOW GO AND HELP UR MOM JUMP OVER THE FENCE, BEANER.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@Concerned_Food_Fan He NEVER has busted anyone in a cartel, and never even busted anyone higher than a driver in a human smuggling operation!

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan  shouldnt you be working on and finishing your little website Robert? I have been looking for our names, but you just dont seem to be able to follow through on any of your threats at all. 

MoManny
MoManny

@JoeArpaioFan You don't have enough hair on your balls to threaten anyone with anything little man. You couldn't catch a cold. 

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

@JAFFYDUCK, And who the fuck U suposse to be now...INSPECTOR GADGET...LMAO...Jaffy...Jaffy...Jaffy..it seems that U suffer from the same delusion than that OLD POS. Thanks for the enlightment that the FBI "have advanced forensics", believe me, I didn't know that! and Right now They might be looking at U, since U R so "INFATUATED" with the OLD FART, and They also might be looking at U from a psycochological point, if U know what I mean. GOOD LUCK SUSPECT.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan lol i wish we could watch your face when it becomes known this is yet ANOTHER sham plot orchestrated by MCSO. 

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan LMAO this coming from the coward that threatens our lives and hides under his rock? dont choke next time you are under joes desk..whats your problem with the first Amendment anyways? you sure dont seem to like it very much with your threats against this paper, or us, for having different views. Fascist much?? 

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan Your clown Sheriif, by way of Candy Thomas and WILLING CHECKBOOK TRIED to get info from the NTs in the past, and ending up looking like IDIOTS.  You have no grasp of reality, Robert!

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

@Flyer9753 

"I made a statement, you consider it wrong, it's up to you to prove that statement wrong.

I have nothing I need to prove to you, but obviously you do have something to prove, that I am wrong, so prove it.

Put bluntly, I don't have to prove shit to you, it's up to you to prove me wrong, if you can.

If I am as wrong as you say I am, this should be easy for you to do." -Chompers aka Flyer9753

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@Cozz  it was made out of Burger King toilet paper rolls, thats how they know it was Jaffy

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@danzigsdaddy @JoeArpaioFan  

I think it's funny as hell how he can't handle people replying to his 'posts' on his little web site, so he removes that software in favor of only HIM being able to speak.

The sign of a true wimp, can't handle responses so create a world (bubble) where you don't have to, you are god... on your own little free hosting web site that no one reads anyways, unless they are wanting a good laugh.

Pathetic, truly pathetic... but... entertaining! :)

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@david_saint01 @JoeArpaioFan  

Oh Jaffy LOVES the first amendment... when it comes to himself and his lame ass web site, but to him, he is the only 'person' the Declaration, Constitution and Bill of Rights were made for

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

@Flyer9753 It won't matter what I tell you reference my source.  It also won't change the voracity "or lack thereof" of the statements I made.  I don't have first hand knowledge, therefore I stated the information came from a third party...one who happens to be quite reliable.  I quoted your ignorant rant because the position you took couldn't be more ass backwards.  such a statement lends to your own lack of credibility while you attempt to attack mine.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@yourproductsucks @Flyer9753  

Ahhh.. but you did not make a statement, you said you had sources. 

Entirely different than what you are quoting of mine. I did not say in the comments you refer to that I had a 'source', you however, did say that above.

So state your source, if you can.

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