Bomb Sent to ‘America’s Toughest Sheriff’ Joe Arpaio

By Jason Cumming, Staff Writer, NBC News, April 12, 2013

An explosive device sent to “America’s toughest sheriff” was intercepted by police in Arizona on Thursday, officials said.

A suspicious package addressed to Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s downtown Phoenix headquarters was X-rayed by officers in Flagstaff, Ariz., according to authorities.

Darryl Webb / Reuters, file

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was re-elected for his sixth term in November.

A bomb team later destroyed the device.

The FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and Flagstaff Police were investigating.

Arpaio, 80, has earned headlines nationwide as a result of his tent city jail and immigration roundups.

The controversial lawman was re-elected for his sixth term in November.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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