Two former Pima county deputies indicted on drug/money crime charges

Posted on June 4, 2011

I guess the temptation of making easy money by stealing drugs and cash from “the real bad guys,” was too much for these two Pima county deputies

TUCSON – Two former Pima County Sheriff’s deputies have been indicted in federal court for a conspiracy to steal money and narcotics from alleged drug trafficking organizations.

The indictment, which was unsealed Thursday, alleges that Francisco J. Jimenez, Jr., used his position at Pima County Sheriff’s Department and his patrol car in the commission of several offenses. The indictment also alleges that Miguel Arvizu, a former Pima County Sheriff’s deputy, assisted Jimenez and his other co-conspirators in stealing drugs and drug sale proceeds.

“This Deputy Sheriff — and his co-conspirator who is a former Deputy – dove head-first into the illegal drug trade and fomented an outrageous breach of the public’s trust,” said U.S. Attorney Dennis K. Burke. “The public must be able to rely on their sworn officers of the law to protect and serve. That is why this office and our partners at the Federal Bureau of Investigation will aggressively investigate and prosecute public corruption wherever we find it.”

As was the case with the Maricopa county sheriff’s deputies, these guys were not newbies . They also were squeaky clean enough to pass the background check at the time of their application.    

A spokesperson from the Sheriff’s office was unable to add any information as they had just learned of the federal indictment.   But since these guys were clean at the start of their deputy sheriff careers, maybe our good friend, the level-headed Sheriff Dupnik, will be able to explain to us how the vitriol in the state  drove two of his former deputies to commit such crimes.  He’s always good for a conspiracy theory.

In the meantime, given the allegations that these deputies stole from drug traffickers, they’re lucky the cartels hadn’t already hunted them down and exacted their own form of justice.