Ex-Sinaloa Cartel Member Had "Array of Police Badges," Phoenix PD Patches, Other Cop Gear

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One of the police badges found at the home of a former cartel member.
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office says a former Sinaloa Cartel member was found with police body armor, badges, a ballistic helmet, and Phoenix Police Department patches, as well as weapons and other "law enforcement identifiers."

The former cartel member, 40-year-old Edward Alvarez, allegedly was operating a group wearing the police gear to rip off potential drug buyers.

The Sheriff's Office knows about an incident in late March, in which detectives found out that they ripped off between $60,000 and $95,000 from gangsters in the Varrio Tolleson Chicanos gang.

Three of those gangsters arranged to buy 180 pounds of weed from Alvarez's group, according to the MCSO.

When they met up, Alvarez's group, wearing all the police tactical gear with badges and patches, zip-tied and beat up the gangsters, and threw them into the trunks of cars.

One of the gangsters escaped, and for some reason, that led Alvarez's group to releasing the other two, the MCSO says.

The MCSO was led to Alvarez first, who was arrested a day after the robbery at his home in Litchfield Park, and more arrests kept being made over the next few weeks, as deputies arrested eight of the nine guys they're looking for.

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An MCSO spokesman says detectives got the information on Alvarez's former cartel affiliation from the Justice Department.

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OATHKEEPER1958
OATHKEEPER1958

DEPORT EVERYONE OF THESE ILLEGALS THAT COME OVER HERE TO RAPE AND PILLAGE US.  KEEP AMERICA FOR AMERICANS.

OATHKEEPER1958
OATHKEEPER1958

DEPORT EVERYONE OF 'EM.  KEEP AMERICA FOR AMERICANS.

OATHKEEPER1958
OATHKEEPER1958

DEPORT EVERYONE OF 'EM.  KEEP AMERICA FOR AMERICANS.

OATHKEEPER1958
OATHKEEPER1958

DEPORT EVERYONE OF 'EM.  KEEP AMERICA FOR AMERICANS.

OATHKEEPER1958
OATHKEEPER1958

DEPORT EVERYONE OF 'EM.  KEEP AMERICA FOR AMERICANS.

Nick Atkins
Nick Atkins

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Ross Trumble
Ross Trumble

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Ross Trumble
Ross Trumble

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robert_graham
robert_graham

Just look at all these illegal aliens. I'm glad they have been taken them off the street.  Now my question is, how much money is their incarceration going to cost the taxpayers?

marcy
marcy

What's the difference between a cartel member and an ex-cartel member?

Joe's MCSO doesn't bust cartel members.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

I was going to praise Joe's boys for making this bust, but... nah.

Eleanor_Holguin
Eleanor_Holguin

Were they building bombs with those things to send to Arpaio?

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

lol once again, another LEA does all the work, and MCSO swoops in for the arrest and the limelight.

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

@JoeArpaioFan Illegal aliens, you say? Brandon and Robert VARNER? Varner is a common surname of the Navajo Nation, dimwit. Do you think Native Americans are illegal aliens? Your lack of intellect is outstanding. Tell your mother I wrote that you are outstanding, JAF.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan  where does it say they were illegals? i checked 4 other news sources on this srticle and none of them mentioned them being illegals. all i saw mentioned was that one of them was an ex-cartel member.  are you running with your racism and just assuming because they are brown that they all must be illegals? how certain are you that evry one of them is an illegal and what is your source of reference for that claim?

robert_graham
robert_graham

@eric.nelson745 Either you praise their arrest or I guess you are in favor of criminals being able to roam our streets?  It's people like who are also society's problem.

robert_graham
robert_graham

@david_saint01 And why shouldn't Arpaio have swooped in to arrest them?  They are criminals!!!!  But of course being that they are Hispanic you must think they should be allowed to run free and plague our community with crime.  I bet you also think that the killing of one of the Boston bombing suspects and manhunt for the other one is wrong too being they are foreigners.  Am I right?

robert_graham
robert_graham

@danzigsdaddy @JoeArpaioFan Of course the news media never mentions the word "illegal alien' anymore but if you examine each one's booking records you'll see they are all listed as "not being in the country legally". There is your proof.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan @david_saint01 lol unlike you, i could care less what their skin color is. and i could care less where they are from, if they did it then whatever happens, happens. You on the other hand, would probably love them regardless of what they did..so long as they were a MCSO employee lol

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