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Deputies prepare equipment for Joe Arpaio's crime sweep in the Southwestern corner of Marciopa County.  Photo by: Laurie Merrill / the Arizona Republic.

Deputies prepare equipment for Joe Arpaio's crime sweep in the Southwestern corner of Marciopa County. Photo by: Laurie Merrill / the Arizona Republic.

Good show, Sheriff Joe (no pun intended).

AzCentral.com

“In a stretch of barren desert alongside Interstate 8 near Gila Bend that has become a corridor for human and drug smuggling, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and about 100 men staged a crime-suppression operation Thursday.

Arpaio brought with him a belt-fed .50-caliber machine gun that can shoot accurately up to a mile as a display of the kind of force he would use if anyone hurts a deputy.

‘I am trying to send a message to Mexico,’ he said. ‘We will not take anyone hurting our deputies. We will fight back…”


Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio launched a crime-suppression operation Thursday targeting a large swath of desert near Gila Bend that is a smuggling corridor.  Photo by Laurie Merrill/The Arizona Republic

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio launched a crime-suppression operation Thursday targeting a large swath of desert near Gila Bend that is a smuggling corridor. Photo by Laurie Merrill/The Arizona Republic

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