$1 million bounty on Sheriff Joe's head?

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Associated Press

Posted on August 2, 2010 at 2:59 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 3 at 5:08 PM

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio says his office is investigating a report that there is a $1 million bounty on his head.

Arpaio — the sheriff of Maricopa County where Phoenix is located — says it's not unusual for him to receive death threats as sheriff and an outspoken advocate of immigration enforcement.

He says the threats do not deter him from his work.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Lisa Allen says the threat was relayed by two sources. The FBI sent the sheriff information it had received about a death threat and someone called KSAZ-TV, the Fox News station in Phoenix, reporting the threat was from a Mexican drug cartel.

Allen says they don't know if the threat actually came from a drug cartel. They do believe the threat was made via a disposable cell phone in Mexico.

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