Mexican Drug Cartel Allegedly Puts a Price on Arizona Sheriff’s Head

He’s been at the center of the discussions and controversies surrounding illegal immigration enforcement in Arizona for quite a while.

On the day parts of Arizona’s immigration law, SB 1070, went into effect, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is in the news for another reason: there’s a price on his head – allegedly offered by a Mexican drug cartel.

The audio message in Spanish is a bit garbled, but the text is clear.

It’s offering $1 million for Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s head and $10,000 for anyone who wants to join the Mexican cartel.

A man who wants to remain anonymous says his wife received the text message Tuesday evening. It also included an international phone number and instructions to pass the message along.

“She showed it to me..I was kind of disgusted..I reported it to the Sheriff’s department yesterday..they said they were going to direct the threat squad on it.”

Lisa Allen of the Sheriff’s office says they believe the message originated in Mexico.

Although the Sheriff has received numerous death threats in the past, they believe this threat is credible because of its timing.

“Arpaio gets threats pretty routinely, but obviously with this heightened awareness of his role in the immigration issue we’ve got to take this one a little bit more seriously with a million dollar contract out on him,” said Allen.

But she says what really concerns investigators is how quickly the message may have been spread. “It’s going so many different places that our folks are looking at it and thinking well at any given point in time it could land in front of some crazy person who thinks I can do that.”

As for Arpaio’s reaction to the threat, “It’s a little bit like water off a duck’s back for him, but you never know if it’s that sense of false bravado with just can’t read it, I’m sure he’s concerned, I’m sure he’s concerned for his family more than anything else,” said Allen.

The Sheriff’s office says investigators are trying to trace exactly where the text message came from, but because it did originate from an international number, that will be difficult too.

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  1. Anonymous on

    let chenney shoot him in the face

  2. Anonymous on

    “He who lives by the sword…dies by the sword” (from a popular Holy book)

  3. Siko on

    They every where: Drug cartels operate in many countries throughout Latin America, including Colombia, Brazil, Central America, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Mexico, Afghanistan and South Asia. Some cartels are even establishing themselves in U.S. cities like New York, Phoenix, Houston, Atlanta, Los Angeles and San Diego.
    If they something they will do it them selfs I think this one is a prank But if you have nothing to do and decide to get his head the cartel will call you and ask you how you want your money!!!

  4. MOTFA on

    This asshole deserves to die even IF the source is not credible.

  5. David762 on

    Way too few details. The message would have been sent to every newspaper and TV station in Arizona if it were real. Besides, the Mexican drug cartels have too much “muscle” and too many weapons in their own organizations to spend that kind of money external to their organizations.

    The Zeta hit squads are all ex-Mexican army, equipped with military weapons. And they have been involved in assassinations and other felonies hundreds of miles inside the USA borders. All of the Mexican cartels have active duty police, national police, army personnel, mayors, governors, and judges on their payrolls.

    This report of an open contract on Sheriff Joe Arpaio is no more credible than reports of Osama bin Laden entering the USA into the Detroit area, dressed head-to-toe in a burqa and traveling with the National Saudi Arabia Women’s Basketball Team.

  6. One12alpha on

    I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Arpaio once. It was in a relaxed, banquet type setting…. I found him to be sort of a prick, and incredibly arrogant. It made me wonder…Who the ForK votes for this guy?

    I don’t necessarily think he should be killed. But having met him…If I had to brake to avoid running him over, I’d hesitate.

  7. Lygeia on


    You really hit the nail on the head. I couldn’t agree with you more.

    Joe Arpaio has supported the prohibition of marijuana. And it is that very prohibition of marijuana that has given the Mexican drug cartels the money to place the bounty on his head.

  8. Anonymous on

    The Rewards For Justice Program, United States Department of State, is offering a reward of up to $25 million for information leading directly to the apprehension or conviction of Usama Bin Laden. An additional $2 million is being offered through a program developed and funded by the Airline Pilots Association and the Air Transport Association.

  9. Anonymous on

    if he hates the crime prohibition brings, then Sheriff Arpaio needs to become a member of L.E.A.P.
    we need Sheriff Arpaio to endorse L.E.A.P.

  10. War Veteran on

    History shows that Hitler didn’t do anything bad personally –though he did get a bunch of Germans in the economical gutter to do his bidding- thus making him vile. This man’s job was to make sure drug money stayed drug money by keeping it in the underground –thus killing 25-35% of all my fellow vets in the current double conflict and God knows how many Vietnam vets from the opium trade from the drug money died. He allows families to get separated via incarceration from drug laws which is Satanic at best. He makes sure that street gangs do the voodoo they do so well with their cash flow –so how many of us were sad when Saddam was hung? How many of us get a little depressed when viewing history knowing that Hitler died or Mussolini was killed? No –his family shouldn’t be hurt by this, but he’s willing to let it happen by his position (like staying in Berlin when the bombs hit). Are we sad about Kenneth Lay dying or unremorseful because of his Enron scandal role? Do we cry foul when a business exec or investor gets jailed for stealing millions? So, his death could be to account for his stolen millions, broken families and uncountable deaths. Besides –who in their right mind would be positioned in an office that makes sure kids get drugs from the streets.

  11. Anonymous on

    You hope they keep him safe ???? Well I def hope nothing happens to the mans family, that’s just insane. And I would never hurt anyone personally. But I have to say I would celebrate with this fuck face gone. Just wish it could be done politically. Well sorry Joe we’ll see if you carry your redneck tough guy cowboy attitude now, or cower like A little bitch. Have fun looking over your shoulder every second of your life lol.

  12. Anonymous on

    I think the only way he would ever change his mind about marijuana is to smoke it. but maybe they will think about how much money is being made by these people and think more about making it legal. i don’t like what that sheriff stands for, but i don’t want to see him are his family hurt. i hope they keep him safe. legalize marijuana and stop this insane violence.

  13. Anonymous on

    Hate to reply to my own comment but there is something else that is very telling about the problem.

    1 million dollars. They can afford that too.

    U.S. only offers 25k for Bin laden. Whats it tell you when a cartel offers a mil?

    empires are built on prohibition money

  14. one12alpha on

    I wounder if they literally want his head?

    I’ll bet he still thinks Marijuana should be illegal. Even though it is that very prohibition that gives the cartels that kind of cash to throw around.

    I wounder, if he does happen to be killed, if the next sheriff will change the jail system in maricopa county….If you don’t know of its conditions, check it out, it will astound you.

  15. Anonymous on

    Even though I think Joe is a giant tool, thats not cool.

    Prohibition really needs to end. These gangs are way out of control