02/04/2011

Ariz. sheriff expects armed conflict with cartels soon

Says a gun battle is all but certain within the next 30 to 60 days

By Lindsey Collom
The Arizona Republic

FLORENCE, Ariz. — Pinal County's sheriff is anticipating an armed conflict between his deputies and cartel members within the next 30 to 60 days.

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu made that prediction last week as he addressed an Ahwatukee, Ariz., Republican women's club, and reiterated it Tuesday on the heels of a speech by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano asserting that border communities are safer than ever.

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