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Sheriff Joe: Mexican Drug Cartel Put $1 Million Bounty On My Head

Sheriff Joe: Mexican Drug Cartel Put $1 Million Bounty On My Head

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio gives a news conference Friday, July 30, 2010 to announce the arrest of 22 people on his office's 17th crime and immigration sweep. Arpaio said three of those arrested were illegal immigrants. [AP]

Associated Press

August 03, 2010

PHOENIX — A sheriff in Arizona known for his anti-immigration policies says his office is investigating a report of a $1 million bounty on his head.

A spokeswoman for Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says the report was relayed by the FBI and by a caller who told Fox affiliate KSAZ-TV in Phoenix that the threat was from a Mexican drug cartel. Phoenix is the seat of Maricopa County.

Lisa Allen says it wasn’t known whether the threat actually came from a drug cartel but authorities believe it was made using a disposable cell phone in Mexico.

Arpaio says it’s not unusual for him to receive death threats as sheriff and an outspoken advocate of immigration enforcement.

He says the threats do not deter him from his work.


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