Note: We have learned from the Pinal County Sheriff' Office that two
of the firearms seized are traced back to F&F. We waiting on more
details, the PCSO did inventory the firearms they recovered.
Pinal County authorities seize $2 million in heroin
by Lindsey Collom - Nov. 1, 2011 11:50 AM
The Arizona Republic
The Pinal County Sheriff's Office says it seized $2 million in heroin
A statement issued Tuesday by the Sheriff's Office said the drugs
were seized from a man suspected of working for Mexico's notorious
'Massive' smuggling ring dismantled in Arizona
Details of the arrest will be made available Tuesday afternoon at a
press conference in Florence.
The Sheriff's Office said it was the second time the suspect had been
arrested in three weeks. The suspect was initially arrested Oct. 13
during a warrant roundup of Operation Pipeline Express, which
authorities described as the dismantling of one of the biggest drug-
smuggling operations uncovered in Arizona.
At the time, the suspect, whose name is expected to be made public
this afternoon, was released into Mexico because he was not a main
target of the Pipeline operation, the sheriff's statement said.
Operation Pipeline Express originated from a June 2010 traffic stop
near Stanfield where a Pinal County sheriff's deputy discovered 1,500
pounds of marijuana. Information gathered in that stop kick-started
an investigation that ultimately involved about two-dozen law
enforcement agencies and resulted in the arrests of 76 people and the
seizure of more than 30 tons of marijuana.
Babeu: Holder should resign because of `Fast and Furious'
by Jim Cross/KTAR
(November 1st, 2011 @ 12:59pm)
PHOENIX, Ariz. -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder should resign
immediately because of the federal government's gun-walking operation
known as "Fast and Furious," according to Pinal County Sheriff Paul
Babeu, one of the administration's most vocal critics of border
policy and a possible future candidate for Congress.
Babeu said Tuesday that it's not enough that Holder has agreed to
appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee to answer questions
about the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms' operation which
put hundreds of guns into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.
Babeu noted that two of the guns in question were found at the scene
where U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was shot to death.
"A hero in our Border Patrol was murdered in our state," Babeu said.
"Two-hundred-plus people in Mexico have been murdered and 1,500 of
these guns are still outstanding. We have no clue where they're at."
The sheriff said the scandal surrounding "Fast and Furious" is worse
than the Watergate scandal that brought down the Nison White House in
the 1970s. He said Holder needs to resign before he brings down the
"Because in the end -- even if he didn't know, which I find hard to
believe and he's already changed his response several times now --
he's the boss, he's in charge of this."
This is a good time for Holder to leave, Babeu said, "while the
president says good things about him -- `Get on your way -- don't
bring down the entire presidency because this is outrageous that this
could have happened.'"
Babeu said he believed Holder was close to leaving the Administration
in the past.
"I thught it was a telling sign when President Obama embraced him and
gave him the Al Capone hug and the Scarface whisper in the ear that I
support you. He did this publicly. I thought, `Wow, this is his last
hours here, that he's on his way out.'"
Holder has described Operation Fast and Furious as flawed and against
Justice Department policies. He has resisted efforts to testify about
it, but Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., announced Monday that Holder has
agreed to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week.
As Holder agreed to appear before Congress, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer,
in an interview on FOX News, said someone in the federal government
needs to be held accountable for "Fast and Furious."
"If they knew what we all believe that they did know -- at that
particular time when we're trying to close our borders and protect
our people -- all the time they're sending guns south of the border
for the cartels," Brewer said. "Who's in charge?"
Babeu recently formed an exploratory committee to look at a possible
run for Congress in 2012. He is a Republican.