FLORENCE — Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu is declining a security detail after his department said the Sheriff has had "credible" threats against his life.
The Pinal County Sheriff's Office issued a news release Monday saying that Babeu's outspoken statements about border security have led to such threats.
The Sheriff's Office said Babeu declined the security detail for budget reasons and because of limited staffing.
Chief Deputy Steve Henry said they have information of additional threats from the Mexican Mafia and drug cartel members that placed a 'green light' on Babeu's life.
Henry said threats against the Sheriff by foreign born criminals raise their concerns to a new level.