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Sheriffs Push Back on Obama Gun Control

January 25, 2013
More than 90 sheriffs from mostly rural counties say they won't enforce what they deem unconstitutional gun laws from the Obama administration or Congress.

Insurer Stymies Ariz. Sheriff's Armed Border Posse

October 31, 2012
An armed volunteer posse set up by Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu to scan the desert for violent drug smugglers is running into serious bureaucratic opposition that might thwart the controversial operation.

Feds Order Ariz. Sheriff To Retrieve Military Items

September 15, 2012
A Pentagon agency that oversees surplus military goods has ordered the Pinal County Sheriff's Office to retrieve hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of merchandise it had requisitioned and then "loaned" to non-police organizations in violation of the program's rules.

5 Charred Bodies Found In Vehicle In Ariz. Desert

June 4, 2012
A Border Patrol agent spotted a white Ford Expedition through binoculars at about 4:30 a.m. Saturday in the Vekol Valley about two miles north of Interstate 8 and west of Casa Grande.

Arizona Sheriff Will Run for Congress

January 4, 2012
An Arizona sheriff who has been a vocal critic of the Obama Administration's border-security policies is running for Congress.

Ariz. Authorities Break Up Cartel Smuggling Ring

November 3, 2011
Arizona law enforcement agencies and federal agents dismantled what is believed to be a major smuggling ring for the Sinaloa Cartel, seizing $1.5 million in narcotics, collecting 19 weapons, and arresting an illegal immigrant who had been deported two weeks earlier.

3 Basic Firearm Drills To Improve Your Accuracy

September 30, 2011
As a retired law enforcement officer, I can vouch for three fundamental training drills that will improve your firearms proficiency—dry firing, the ball-and-dummy technique, and the ready up drill. Let's review these three in more detail.

Ariz. Task Force Bust Nets Marijuana, Guns, Illegals

September 20, 2011
A task force in southern Arizona seized 4,369 pounds of marijuana, 40 undocumented aliens, four vehicles, and three weapons during an operation that involved multiple agencies, the Pinal County Sheriff's Office announced.

Arizona Sheriff Equips Deputies with Biometric Readers

July 19, 2011
In the fall, Pinal County (Ariz.) Sheriff's deputies will be outfitted with hand-held devices that enable deputies to scan a subject's face and iris to find potential matches with people in criminal databases.

Arizona Deputy Saves Two Lives In Less Than One Hour

February 10, 2011
Pinal County Sheriff's Deputy Robert Taylor saved the lives of an 8-month-old infant and an 83-year-old man in less than an hour while on patrol.

Arizona Deputy Fired Over Comments To Newspaper

January 6, 2011
The office launched an Internal Affairs investigation into the incident on Dec. 1, which led to the termination. Babeu cited 10 violations by Puroll, including competency, truthfulness, an abusive attitude and conduct that brings discredit to the county. Puroll is appealing the decision.

Arizona Corrections Deputy Who Pepper Sprayed Detainee Investigated

December 22, 2010
A Pinal County (Ariz.) Sheriff's deputy working as a detention officer is now under investigation for using a "short burst of pepper spray" on an ICE detainee after he defecated on the floor of a holding area and did not respond to officers' commands Dec. 11.

Drug Crew Used Police-Equipped Crown Vic to Rob Rivals

December 13, 2010
The Crown Victoria had been outfitted to represent a law enforcement vehicle. The vehicle had red and blue strobe lights, orange and white strobe lights, a siren, spotlight and front push bar.

Arizona Sheriff Says Cartel Assassins Sent to 'Take Out' Bandits

October 15, 2010
The sheriff released a portion of "law enforcement sensitive" information after a news media contacted the office "in an effort to inform the public about the dangers associated with the drug cartels operating in Pinal County."

How Cartels Smuggle Narcotics Into Arizona

October 13, 2010

Earlier this year, a regional SWAT team led by deputies with the Pinal County (Ariz.) Sheriff's Office took POLICE Magazine into the Vekol Valley in the Arizona desert to show one way smugglers bring narcotics across the U.S.-Mexico border. Smugglers often use illegal immigrants as drug mules to carry 25-pound marijuana bundles using makeshift "backpacks" of rope and cut strips of Mexican blankets to lessen discomfort. Listen to our podcast, "Tracking Smugglers in Southern Arizona," with Pinal County Sheriff's Sgt. Matt Thomas. Photos by Paul Clinton.

Arizona Sheriff: Tests Back Deputy's Account of Shooting

October 11, 2010
The state agency did not detect gunpowder residue on the garment, Sheriff Paul Babeu said during a press conference late last week.

Arizona Sheriff Reopens Investigation of Deputy's Shooting

September 28, 2010
The Pinal County (Ariz.) Sheriff's Office has reopened its internal investigation into the April 30 shooting of Deputy Louie Puroll, after two nationally recognized forensic experts questioned the deputy's account.

Experts Question Arizona Deputy's Shooting

September 26, 2010
Two forensics experts are questioning the shooting of Pinal County (Ariz.) Sheriff's deputy Louie Puroll, saying the shooting could not have occurred as the deputy described it.

Pinal County Justice Foundation Seeks Donations to Purchase Rifles for Deputies

August 6, 2010
The Pinal County Sheriff's Office is asking now because "dangerous incidents have increased through the past few years and are now escalating to a point where deputies are involved in high-speed vehicle pursuits, shootouts between deputies and smugglers, incidents of ambush, as well as the deputy who was injured in a shooting."

Tracking Smugglers In Southern Arizona

July 26, 2010

The deputies of the Pinal County (Ariz.) Sheriff's Office must be extra vigilant when traveling into the rugged desert south of Interstate 8, following the ambush shooting of deputy Louis Puroll and the shooting deaths of two armed gumen with ties to a Mexican drug cartel this spring. Sgt. Matt Thomas, motor supervisor and assistant SWAT commander, speaks exclusively with POLICE Magazine about patroling this hostile territory, detaining illegals and the ramifications of his state's tough new immigration law. PHOTOS: View our gallery, "How Cartels Smuggle Narcotics Into Southern Arizona."

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