April 16, 2009
Sheriff John B. Cooke of the Weld County Sheriff’s office in Colorado has issued a press release dated April 17, 2009, announcing a threat to “kill the most number of Americans” in Greeley, Colorado, if police do not release illegal immigrants held for deportation by the Sheriff’s office.
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“The letter is hand written in Spanish on the front and back of two pages of paper directing threats primarily towards judicial and law enforcement officers as targets. The bombs are not specifically described,” the press release states.
The Greeley jail, according to the press release, currently has 58 inmates in custody with ICE holds.
The press release warns residents to “be alert and mindful of their surroundings and to report suspicious activity.” It indicates that state and federal law enforcement were notified of the threat.
Calls to the Weld County Sheriff’s Department by Infowars were unable to establish the validity of the press release. The Loveland, Colorado, Reporter Herald, however, published a report on the bomb threat.
The threat to target Americans comes at a time when drug cartel spawned violence has killed more than 6,000 Mexicans and has crossed over the border into California, Arizona and Texas. In Texas, state Homeland Security Director Steve McCraw told the El Paso Times that drug violence has crossed the border. Texas is considering a bill that would give the attorney general expanded authority to seize guns, drugs and cash.
[efoods]Cartel-linked crimes — assaults, abductions, executions — have reached as far as Atlanta, Georgia, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigations.
In February, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano denied that drug-fueled violence in Mexico has spilled across the border, even as local officials throughout the country reported signs of Mexican gang activity.
The press release did not indicate if the threat in Colorado is associated with illegals being held on drug charges. The threat to kill Americans, however, is reminiscent of the tactics used by the drug cartels against the police and other officials in Mexico and may be considered part of the violence that has migrated north of the border.
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