azcentral.com blogs - Linda Valdez - Valdez - Illegal immigration set Babeu's career on fire: "There is no question that illegal immigration set one thing on fire in our state: the career of Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu.
Babeu has just been named the 2011 Sheriff of the Year by the National Sheriffs' Association.
Babeu came to Arizona in 2002, got elected as Pinal County’s first Republican sheriff in 2008, and by 2010 he had a national reputation as a hold-the-line border sheriff and sought-after cable news guest. Few people outside Arizona probably know that Pinal County is not even on the border. ...
Sheriff Babeu’s website says Pinal is the “Number One Pass Through County in All of America” for drug and human trafficking. There is no data to back up this claim, as Arizona Republic reporter Dennis Wagner wrote in an article April 11. 2011. Wagner wrote:
"In fact, an Arizona Republic analysis of statistics from local, state and federal sources found that, while sheriff's officials do bust smugglers and seize pot, Pinal County accounts for only a fraction of overall trafficking.
The newspaper also found that other headline-grabbing claims by Babeu are contradicted by statistical evidence or greatly exaggerated. . . .'"