Str8 Killas: Mexican Drug Cartel Reportedly Puts $1 Million Dollar Bounty On Arizona Sheriff's Head [Video]

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PHOENIX - 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 a million dollars for Sheriff Joe Arpaio's head and offering a thousand dollars 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.

Source: MyFoxPhoenix

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Comment by Keys on August 3, 2010 at 1:41am
Assuming someone actually went through with this, I would be more worried about collecting the "reward" rather than doing the actual hit. What guarantees does one have that they will pay up?
Comment by tiko on August 2, 2010 at 7:37am
Watch out America, Mexican drug cartel are making to much money on the US, they cant be stopped.
Comment by Rico-T on August 1, 2010 at 9:38pm
you can run but you can't hide sheriff whitey!!!!
Comment by aim on August 1, 2010 at 8:55pm
and sum of yall internet gangstas on hurr think yall doin s*** bloggin lol
Comment by Terrill Love on August 1, 2010 at 8:06pm
Comment by ogro21 on August 1, 2010 at 7:52pm
i would LOVE to see this m*********** dead...
Comment by KidPhoenix on August 1, 2010 at 4:19pm
nobody f***** knows is the cartel is deeply connected with the secret government, C.I.A., polilticians ect....if this guy end up dead it's all a part of the plan,
f*** anybody who ain't ridin with Mexicans/Latinos,
that law was racist from the f***** gate, ignorant people think nothin of it!
There's too many of us, if we become the enemy, it's war in America, alotta casualties
Comment by stevo on August 1, 2010 at 1:18pm
wouldnt wanna be that guy.......
Comment by Ivan on August 1, 2010 at 12:18pm
Fck u dave u dnt know what struggles ppl go through in mexico just to feed there families u idiot
Comment by BK SOULJAH on August 1, 2010 at 9:03am

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