Monday, October 18, 2010
Homeland Security: Turf War Memo was 'False Alarm'
A confidential memo originating from the Department of Homeland Security described a drug cartel meeting in Rocky Point where members discussed a plan to send assassins into Pinal County -- but it turns out that plan was never carried out. The May 2010 confidential memo was supposed to be a warning for law enforcement in the state, alleging that Arizona was being targeted by members of drug cartels. The Homeland of Security memo also mentions the April shooting involving Pinal County Deputy Louie Puroll, and suggests it was drug thieves who opened fire on him. But late Friday, the Department of Homeland Security said their warning turned out to be a "false alarm." They sent out the statement: "DHS regularly shares information with state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies in an effort to provide situational awareness about intelligence and to keep our partners aware of any and all potential threats. This particular information proved to be inaccurate." But Sheriff Babeu believes there was already a hit carried out by these cartel assassins, when deputies found two men shot to death in the desert earlier this year...more