Arizona Sheriff’s deputy, 2 others arrested in AZ human trafficking bust.

Authorities in Arizona have arrested three employees of a sheriff's…

Authorities in Arizona have arrested three employees of a sheriff’s office known for its tough stand on illegal immigration, accusing them of aiding human traffickers and drug smugglers.

A sheriff’s deputy and two detention officers were among 12 people arrested in an operation Tuesday, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said.

“That a deputy sheriff would provide information and associate with these drug and human traffickers is despicable,” Arpaio told reporters.

Deputy Alfredo Navarrette, who had been a member of a unit targeting human smuggling, faces felony charges connected to human smuggling, money laundering and participating in a crime syndicate, Arpaio said.

“He admitted actually going to our command centers to obtain information to pass on to the drug traffickers and the smugglers,” Arpaio said, noting that authorities found two illegal immigrants in Navarrette’s home when they served a search warrant Tuesday morning.

Source: CNN

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