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Howard Buffett, Warren’s oldest son, has become a crusader at the border, using his organizations and wealth to boost security efforts of local authorities and volunteer groups, according to a recent report.

While his interest in border security may seem odd, a closer look at the 64-year-old billionaire and philanthropist reveals he’s no stranger to the issue. Buffett owns a ranch in Cochise County, Arizona, that sits just 300 yards from the U.S.-Mexico border.

In addition, a report by The Phoenix New Times indicated a close relationship between Buffett and law enforcement, with the former reportedly gifting $30 million to date to the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office and similar groups.

According to the report, much of that money has been used to jump-start an investigative unit into human and drug smuggling, renovate one jail, build law enforcement training facilities, including a shooting range, arm officers, purchase surveillance equipment and even provide the sheriff’s office with at least three helicopters.

In 2013 Buffett was awarded the title of “special deputy” after giving the sheriff’s office nearly $1 million in gifts, the paper said. He also reportedly became an active member of the Cochise County Sheriff’s Assist Team (SAT), a private volunteer group that is said to provide security and intelligence.

It was not clear what role Buffett has in the organization, but he soon became the main source of funding for it, according to the report.

Howard Buffett photographing a border patrol apprehension in a desert area in Arizona. (Howard Buffett via 50borderstates.com)

While SAT members are said to have no law enforcement authority, The Phoenix New Times reported that the organization was given guns, armor and vehicles purchased by the sheriff’s office using money from Buffett for patrolling purposes.

The Cochise County Sheriff’s Office did not reply to Fox News’ request for comment but a public information officer told the paper that while the weapons were purchased for SAT, no member was ever issued a firearm because they all failed to meet certain qualifications.

The spokesperson also stated that Buffett has no legal authority in Cochise County, despite being named as “Ranch Patrol Liaison Officer […] with the rank of Deputy Commander” in 2016.

Records obtained by the paper show that Buffett has been involved in patrols and even conducted traffic stops.

Buffett has donated throughout the years to Cochise County Sheriff’s Office and similar groups through his foundation.

The Howard G. Buffett Foundation in Decatur, Illinois, has gifted funds not only to local authorities in Arizona, but also the Macon County Sheriff’s Office, where he was also named “Civilian Undersheriff” in 2014, and helped to fund another law enforcement training facility in Macon County, according to the report.

The Phoenix New Times obtained emails from the Decatur Police Department that showed that Buffett had taken two members of local law enforcement down to the border with him sometime in early 2016. Those emails reportedly contained surveillance images of what looked to be smugglers crossing Buffett’s ranch.

Howard Buffett speaking to a rancher whose property sits alongside border fencing in Arizona. (Eric Crowley via 50borderstates.com)

Buffett published a book in April 2018, titled “Our 50-State Border Crisis: How the Mexican Border Fuels the Drug Epidemic Across America,” suggesting his own idea of what needs to be done at the border to boost security.

He believes that the best solution is a combination of properly equipped law enforcement, some barriers in places and cooperation with Mexico and other countries.

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43 Comments

43 Comments

  1. patroklos

    January 13, 2019 at 6:08 am

    So, rich fatty gave a ton of money so he could play cop. Who cares?

    • David

      January 13, 2019 at 6:44 am

      Jealous much???

    • Donald

      January 13, 2019 at 6:45 am

      Any decent American citizen!

    • Robert Gray

      January 13, 2019 at 7:42 am

      I bet the majority of Americans care that at least his money is going to protect America rather than most rich Demonrats trying to destroy it.{Re. Soro’s and Stayer and a few more including Pelosi.

      • Bob Hennessey

        January 13, 2019 at 11:30 am

        Amen to that !

      • Jackie

        January 13, 2019 at 3:01 pm

        That’s the truth. I care.

      • Robin MacDonald

        January 13, 2019 at 4:16 pm

        Bingo

    • pat

      January 13, 2019 at 9:07 am

      A decent person would care about this country more than illegals. I assume you are one of the latter ones.

    • Pnut67

      January 13, 2019 at 2:42 pm

      Jealous much?

      The decent hardworking citizens who want a SECURE home at night where their spouses & wee ones can sleep without the fear of a drive-by killing them…
      IS WHO CARES!!!
      People who want to see their lil ones grow up & give them children & grandbabies…
      IS WHO CARES!!!
      People who STILL LOVE THIS COUNTRY THE WAY IT SHOULD BE, NOT WHAT THE COMMUNIST/SOCIALIST PU$$1E$ ARE TRYING TO TURN IT INTO….
      IS WHO XARES!!!!
      NOW OFF WITH YE, internet troll boy, back to mommies basement with you!

      • Carol Bowers

        January 13, 2019 at 3:36 pm

        It is now the communist democrat party and should all be thrown out on their asshole ears, totally useless the liberal communist democrats.

    • Mark

      January 13, 2019 at 4:33 pm

      Better than “fatty” on section 8 sucking off the govt

    • Mark Gassino

      January 13, 2019 at 4:37 pm

      Better than “fatty” on sect 8 living off the govt

    • Barb Jones

      January 13, 2019 at 4:37 pm

      Go back to bed, Patroky, you’re dreaming.

    • Bj

      January 13, 2019 at 6:03 pm

      Just wake up in mommy’s basement did you? Waiting for someone to knock on your door and give you a job or a million bucks and tell you what a swell guy you are? Mommy gonna bring you down some lunch before you throw a fit? Nobody understands you or listens to you, right? Gonna borrow momma’s car and go buy some more drugs cause you have a sorry, nothing life? Buffet earned his money thru hard work and is entitled to spend it any damn way he wants to. He just doesn’t want to sped it on you socialists. Sounds like a smart man to me. I suggest you call Obama, Hillary, Cortez, Pelosi or Schumer and ask them to share their wealth

      • ann

        January 13, 2019 at 9:17 pm

        You said it all BJ,Thank heavens we have some good Americans who put their money to do the good we can all do.Yes he is doing it for his own good as well but he is helping the government too and I thank him for that !!

    • ca

      January 13, 2019 at 6:35 pm

      interesting response klos…. you give your libself away w/your envy and personal attacks on someone who has money and is using it for the good of MANY…. what have you done w/your ton of money? thought so….

    • Cirt Cruise

      January 13, 2019 at 6:41 pm

      Who cares? All and any thoughtful American family, who love their country and want to see our hired/elected politicians Representative do the job for which they are paid! idiots like yourself should probably leave this country, as you obviously don’t support it, or it’s ideals of sovereignty peaceful coexistence with your neighbors and the rule of law! Hell your probably just another Democratic idiot who believes the crisis at our borders is Manufactured!

    • USPatriot

      January 13, 2019 at 7:50 pm

      I care as does any real patriotic American that loves America. I guess you need not apply since you are neither.

    • Polly

      January 13, 2019 at 7:59 pm

      My my my,what a sad sick misled person you are.Why are you so uncharitable.I could day much about the democrats but I pray that you All come to see the light.One day you will have to tell your Maker about your life on Earth.Think a about it.

    • Connie

      January 15, 2019 at 1:04 am

      I care. Someone with the $$ who took some action and did some good and can do more good. I hope he does way more to push the wall construction. We need more like him and way less like Schumer and Pelosi.

  2. James

    January 13, 2019 at 6:19 am

    GOOD FOR HIM.
    and before to much longer we the people are going to have to STEP IN AND HELP SECURE OUR BORDERS.
    our SAFETY AND THAT OF OUR FAMILIES CAN’T BE LEFT TO LAW ENFORCEMENT ALONE.
    and REMEMBER, WE ARE ALSO THE MILITIA.

    • Bob Hennessey

      January 13, 2019 at 11:34 am

      Thank goodness for people like him. And once we get that taken care we can go to work on ridding this country of the stink of socialist/communism that is getting a foot hold in our once great nation. MAGA

  3. Anne

    January 13, 2019 at 7:02 am

    I wonder if Daddy knows what his kid is doing! Howard probably voted for Trump!

    • John McKenzie

      January 13, 2019 at 9:14 am

      No, he likely didn’t vote for Donald Trump or he would have offered up a billion or so to help fund the border wall. You know, Anne, the funds that are being denied by the despicable democrats supported by ignorant Trump haters. Sound familiar?
      I guess if you lived near the border you would welcome in the third world dregs, feed them, let them stay at your house and rest up from their long journey. Then you could facilitate their assimilation into our country as illegal unknown entities like a good brain-dead liberal.

  4. Brenda

    January 13, 2019 at 7:19 am

    Thank you Mr. Buffett, us Patriots here in Decatur, Illinois BACK the BLUE and appreciate all you do for them!

  5. Richard

    January 13, 2019 at 8:29 am

    It’s about time a man of principles stood up for America, It’s been years since I’ve seen people stand up to actually help out protecting America except the Brave Men and Women of the military that joined to protect it, and the Nations Constitution as well. The young youth haven’t seen what most of their own parents have gone though also protecting America, and many of them have died doing so. Including Uncles,Aunts, brother, sisters, cousins.friends,Etc.The young of today have been taught the real History of America, of the very hard times it went though to be a Nation of the Free and Brave.Our nation is the best around, why do you think so people people from other countries want to come here so bad. Just look at the border today to see that they want to come here, for their countries don’t have the Freedoms that we do.

    • Richard

      January 13, 2019 at 8:35 am

      This is a error while writing ” have been taught ” it should have said ” haven’t” been taught

  6. Michele

    January 13, 2019 at 8:30 am

    Might be worth a sit-down with President Trump and/or Chuck Norris to work together for the best ideas to help secure border without the democrats.

  7. Anna Burrows

    January 13, 2019 at 11:30 am

    We the true people care about securing the border to keep the illegals out.. If they break the laws coming in that way and sickness and drugs .. Whose to say they will obey the laws here.. TOO many have already broken the laws already and killed american women and children .. Build the wall and protect our citizens first …

  8. James Kelly

    January 13, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    Good job, thank you Mr. Buffett.

  9. Fawn Sheets

    January 13, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    Well, there is a good buffet or at least one that has been directly affected by the insanity at the boarder.Dem’s don’t like it when you mess with their stuff. Either way glad he is putting his money down to help law enforcement.

  10. Dwayne Oxford

    January 13, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    Only wish there were WAY more like him.

  11. Tom T.

    January 13, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    Thanks to Mr. Buffet.

  12. Brenda Torres

    January 13, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    Thank You Mr. Buffet and God Bless you! The Left needs to see that by enabling these ‘poor and tired’with the thought of getting across our border, that it is only causing them more harm and even death on their journey to the border! Close our Border leaving ONLY a legal way through…!!!

  13. ON THE ROCK

    January 13, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    THE FENCE IN THE LAST PICTURE MIGHT SLOW DOWN “LITTLE PEOPLE” NOTHING MORE.

    • Barb Jones

      January 13, 2019 at 4:45 pm

      The cartels have helicopters and drones. Nothing slows them down like a wall, however you want to define a wall.

    • Patriot!

      January 13, 2019 at 7:51 pm

      The photo is deceptive. It’s built down in a hole. That wall is about 20 ft high on the mexico side.

  14. Luka 27

    January 13, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    It stops horses and vehicles and that results is longer times allowing the Border Patrol time to catch them.

  15. Mark Gassino

    January 13, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    Howard needs to have deep conversations with old Warren.

    • Texas

      January 13, 2019 at 9:34 pm

      People that think we don’t need Border Fencing and Border Security are not from Texas. I’ll pay your way to come visit our Texas Border and let you off at the Rio Grande River overnight and let’s see if you still say same thing next morning, that is if you are still alive.
      It’s really bad here in Texas, come see for yourself instead of saying things you know nothing about. You probably don’t even understand how trechorous the Border terrain is with Mexico and how little fencing we have.
      Know what you are talking about before you speak!

    • ca

      January 13, 2019 at 11:15 pm

      re: deep conversation… why?… define “deep conversation”.. you post a comment as though you speak for the majority.. it’s you who need to have a deep conversation w/yourself about why you believe as you do.

  16. Jerusha

    January 15, 2019 at 5:02 am

    oh for drying out loud, finish the dang thing already…FYI people, most of it is already there, AND was already approved by Congress & Reagan, Clinton, Obama, the Bushes ALSO, Mexico already has one on their southern border with Guatemala to keep illegals out…the drug cartels are digging under and coming in here and southern Mexico fix the problem now before any more innocent people die

  17. Jerusha

    January 15, 2019 at 5:04 am

    oops! finger slipped….meant to be crying out loud

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