Joe Arpaio, Arizona Sheriff, Has Explosive Addressed to Him, Intercepted by Authorities

Huffington Post, April 12, 2013

Authorities are investigating what was reported to be an explosive device addressed to Arizona’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the self-proclaimed “toughest sheriff in America” known for his strict treatment of jail inmates and cracking down on illegal immigration.

The device intercepted in Flagstaff late Thursday was in a package addressed to Arpaio at his downtown Phoenix office, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

It appeared suspicious, so it was X-rayed and the device was detected. A bomb squad team neutralized the explosive, the statement said.


Tom Mangan, a spokesman in Phoenix for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said initial reports indicated that the package was a box that may have been damaged in transit and leaked gunpowder.

Arpaio said the mailing of an explosive device addressed to him comes with his line of work. He cited the recent killings of a West Virginia sheriff, Colorado’s corrections director and two prosecutors in Texas.

“That’s the nature of the business,” he said. “I’m getting many threats. This isn’t the first time.”


Numerous threats against Arpaio, a hero to many conservatives on immigration, prompted the need for a security detail for the lawman also known for dressing jail inmates in pink underwear and making them sleep in tents in the heat of the Arizona desert.


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  • The__Bobster

    He must be doing something right, although I have some suspicions, given all the begging e-mails I receive from him

  • a multiracial individual

    When liberals travel to different countries (like Tijuana, Mexico) what do they think is the reason for what they see? Societies are a result of the collective characteristics of their population. I was having a discussion with a young White guy that sometimes comes skateboarding with us the other day. He had no problem divulging that he had unprotected sex with two alley prostitutes in Tijuana. I cannot believe that someone (no matter how drunk they were) would consider having unprotected sex with a prostitute.

    • Meme

      Sounds like your friend has a death wish.

    • Dave4088

      I’m sure black and multiracial men do it all the time.

      • a multiracial individual

        It’s sick, whoever does it. They are not considering the stats.

    • So CAL Snowman

      Yeah your story does not pass the SMELL test. Really your White friend traveled to Tijuana in this day and age and managed to find some back alley prostitutes without being robbed or murdered? Yeah right buddy, yeah right.

      • a multiracial individual

        He did not say what year he went there (I hope it was at least a few years ago). I do not know if he was telling the truth. I am only reporting what I heard. I assume when most Whites go to TJ they roll deep (with a few interpreters), we certainly did. We almost went to Mexican jail for “mota” (weed). I went to TJ twice during undergrad. We were lucky not to have been robbed or killed. We did get to party with some nice college girls from San Diego tho.

        • Katherine McChesney

          A Mexican woman pushed her tiny child toward my boyfriend when we visited Tijuana before heading to Ensenada. She said “you want my mother? she is a virgin?” That was life in Tijuana in the 70’s. I wouldn’t set foot in Mexico for any amount of money.

  • Now if Sheriff Joe were a bleeding, flaming, liberal supporter of the Democratic Party, I would say that he sent himself the bomb.

    • JackKrak

      If he had a ‘D’ after his name, the Marines would have already been sent in to form a perimeter around his office, every Sunday talk show would be totally dedicated to covering it and Congressional Democrats would introduce legislation banning envelopes, stamps and probably the Post Office.

  • bigone4u

    In yesterday’s Amren, JT’s piece mentioned that Jensen or Rushton received threats as well and had to have their mail monitored for bombs. In today’s world the only way to escape the attention of sociopaths is to
    Say nothing
    Do nothing
    Be nothing
    From Amren to SPLC to Madonna, if you end up in the spotlight, you might also end up in the crosshairs of a nut. Congratulations to law enforcement for intercepting the bomb.

  • Dr. X

    Hmmm… do ya think it was Holder or Obama who sent Sheriff Joe the bomb???

    • The__Bobster

      Nah, they’d send a drone.

      • Michael_C_Scott

        I think frivolous criminal charges to accompany the ongoing “civil rights” harrassment would be more their style.

    • joesolargenius

      My money is on hillary as she may need the the extra votes in 2016

  • Jefferson

    Maybe it was George Lopez who sent that explosive device to Joe Arpaio, lol. In George’s stand up comedy acts he is always bashing Arpaio, saying F that puto I am gonna F him up if I ever meet him in person.

    George Lopez sounded like a low life Hispanic gang banger when he said that. Stay classy Mr. Lopez.

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      George Lopez is a cretin.

      Get some guts, come down here and meet me face to face. Let’s see how you act then

      Joe Arpaio in response to George Lopez’s f-bomb tirade.

    • Derelictus

      Were we polled to see if we wanted Lopez as “America’s Mexican”, as he’s referred to as himself? I prefer America to be filled with Americans, thanks.

      • Jefferson

        George Lopez has admitted before in the past that he is an anchor off spring. No wonder he feels stronger loyalty to Mexico than he does to The United States.

  • NeanderthalDNA

    A real American hero, Joe. Brave man, much besmirched.

    • guest

      I like some of his points, especially illegal immigration enforcement and his harsh treatment of people who need to be treated harshly, but…

      The guy is a sleaze. Pink underwear is one thing, allowing deputies to beat inmates to death is another thing. We’re a civilized people. Even the worst criminals should have a basic level of safety and protection when they are in custody.

      I’m all in favor of locking up all illegal aliens and all the “youths” who commit crimes, but Sheriff Joe’s system has gone over the line with their harsh treatment too many times.

      • IstvanIN

        He allows deputies to beat inmates to death? I do not believe it.

      • Nathanwartooth

        Found the story and the guy had a heart attack while being beaten.

        It wasn’t like Joe said “Hey, let’s beat that guy to death!!”.

        • Michael_C_Scott

          I’ve been to jail before, and the deputies never beat me up – because I never gave them any reason to do so. The guys who get themselves taken down by deputies or corrections officers are generally idiots who are louder than they are smart.

          I imagine someone who picked a fight with deps and then died of a heart attack was probably full of drugs. Coke and meth are hell on the heart. Was a toxicology report available?

          • Nathanwartooth

            Not from what I read. They did say he was nuts though. He got arrested for “kicking a woman’s door” but I doubt it was just that.

      • NeanderthalDNA

        You seem to be a decent person and I commend that. However I’m not so sure you have dealt with large numbers of “youths”. Perhaps I’m wrong. I’ll look into the incident but I’m also sure there are plenty of MSM types that will go anywhere to slur the guy.

  • sbuffalonative

    I wonder if they’ll find a way to blame this on white supremacist prison gangs.

    • The Lenin Wing already considers the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office to be a “white supremacist gang.”

    • khesanh67-68

      I would imagine a White supremacist prison gang would be more of a suspect than any single black or black group. No one in their right mind would think blacks could make an operational bomb.

      • And why would “white supremacists” mail a bomb to Joe Arpaio when the “conventional” wisdom is that Arpaio is one?

        Maybe the answer is that “white supremacist” gangs really aren’t racially motivated, but drug motivated, largely as junior partners with some Mexican cartels in the meth business. If they did try to off Arpaio, it’s because he was a threat to their business model.

        • Michael_C_Scott

          I doubt it was dope dealers. American dope dealers take law-enforcement as an occupational hazard of the trade, and try to remain unnoticeable. Sending a bomb to a county sheriff is not a good way to stay “under the radar”. The smart money is that the bomb was sent by MeChA, La Raza or some other group of Aztlanista bottom-feeders.

  • TeutonicKnight67

    We are in the early stages of a low intensity civil war. A more successful attempt could prove to raise the stakes dramatically. Prepare yourselves.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Was it postmarked from Chicago? Was it Bill Ayers?

    I’d check the whereabouts of Napolitano and Holder at the time the bomb was sent.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      And Tim Wise.

  • Bobby

    Can this really be summed up better than Mr. Taylor did, in saying that this is “the wages of enforcing immigration laws”. I keep asking myself if Americans really believe in representative government, because if one was to take the immigration issue as a test case, then obviously there is no govenrment that “represents” American citizens. Sheriff Arpaio tries to represent citizens, but D.C. certainly doesn’t. Hasn’t it occured to milllions of American citizens by now, that something is terribly wrong??

  • 5Sardonicus

    Why is Joe Arpaio so popular with ordinary Arizonians? Because he actually enforces the law with minimal expense. I’m not surprised terrorists attempted to kill him. Drug dealers and criminal smugglers are all for open borders, along with greedy business men and leftist diversity mongers.

  • Michael_C_Scott

    I wonder if there’s a connection between this bombing attempt and the bombings in Boston.