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Judge orders ex-officer jailed until his trial

PHOENIX — A former Maricopa County sheriff’s deputy charged with aiding
drug and immigrant smugglers while he worked for the agency has been ordered
jailed until trial.

Authorities say Alfredo Aguirre Navarrette was pulled over more than three
months ago while driving a suspected immigrant smuggling vehicle.

Navarrette had been released for about 18 months after his arrest, but a June
25 decision by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Karen O’Connor revoked the
former officer’s bond.

The judge ruled Navarrette violated the terms of his release.

Still, Navarrette wasn’t arrested in the March 29 stop.

Navarrette and two former Maricopa County sheriff’s detention officers were
arrested in May 2011 on charges that they aided smugglers.

The three no longer work for the agency and have pleaded not guilty to charges
against them.


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