'Sheriff Joe' Workers Busted for Human Trafficking

Deputy, two others accused of cartel ties
By Tim Karan,  Newser Staff
Posted May 25, 2011 4:52 PM CDT

(Newser) – So much for not taking your work home with you. Three employees of immigrant archenemy Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Arizona—including a deputy in the human-smuggling unit—were arrested for alleged involvement in a drug- and human-trafficking ring. One is also 8 months' pregnant with the child of a Sinaloa drug cartel member, reports the Arizona Republic. (Maybe they'll show up in the Sheriff Joe's mugshot of the day contest?)

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Investigators found two illegal immigrants at the home of Deputy Alfredo Navarrette—one of the first members of Arpaio's controversial racial profiling squad—following a yearlong investigation. Two detention officers are also accused of moving drugs and cash for a Phoenix-based drug ring with ties to Mexico. "The fight against drugs, illegal immigration and human trafficking is important not only to me but the citizens of Arizona," says Arpaio. "That a deputy sheriff would provide information and associate with these drug and human traffickers is despicable." (Read more Tea Party stories.)

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