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$1.6M truckload of pot found in Nogales search

Customs officials searching a tractor-trailer at a Nogales port of entry Tuesday discovered 145 bales of marijuana hidden behind a false wall. A 24-year-old Mexican man was arrested for attempting to smuggle the 3,300 pounds of pot, estimated to be worth about $1.67 million, authorities said.... Read more»

Mexico’s vigilantes are building DIY scrappy tanks to fight narcos

These 'monsters' are the home-built armored trucks deputized militias and drug cartels are using for battle.... Read more»

CBP seizes $317K in cocaine in San Luis

A Yuma-area man was arrested for trying to smuggle 30 pounds of cocaine worth about $317,000 through the San Luis Port of Entry on Monday. ... Read more»

Sheriff seeks 2 men in cigarette and liquor theft

Pima County Sheriff's deputies are looking for two men who stole liquor and cigarettes from a Northeast Side convenience store on Sept. 4.... Read more»

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Women an emerging force in defending firearms

More women than ever before own guns. From this surge in popularity comes classes, specialized apparel, custom firearms, shooting-group memberships and conferences for women. Women have also become the sellers, the lobbyists and the business owners.... Read more»

Az agencies have more military gear than some nations

The 29 armored personnel carriers and nine helicopters that Arizona agencies got through a Pentagon surplus equipment program are more than some countries have for their armed forces.... Read more»

ASU to return M-16s obtained from military surplus program

Arizona State University plans to return 70 M-16s obtained a year and a half ago under a Department of Defense program that distributes surplus weapons to law enforcement agencies. The weapons will be replaced with standard, newer rifles that could be used to confront an “active shooter.” a spokeswoman said Monday. ... Read more»

CBP: 3 stolen vehicles, 123 lbs of pot seized in Douglas

Officers at Douglas Port of Entry arrest three men and seized three vehicles after secondary inspections and records checks revealed that all three were attempting to drive stolen vehicles into Mexico. On Sunday, a Tucson woman was arrested for trying to smuggle 123-pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $62,000 into the United States. ... Read more»

Agents seize $255K of heroin in Nogales bust

Customs and Border Protection officers seized 18 pounds of heroin worth an estimated $255,000 on Sunday, after a Mexican national attempted to smuggle the drugs in a vehicle through the Nogales Port of Entry. ... Read more»

Suicide rate rising for Az middle-aged men

Arizona has had one of the nation's highest rates of suicide in recent years, and while that rate has barely climbed for the state's overall population one segment has seen a substantial increase: middle-aged men. Experts say the state's poor economy has been a factor. ... Read more»

Border Patrol agent charged with punching detained teen

A U.S. Border Patrol agent has been charged with aggravated assault after allegedly punching a Mexican teenager in the stomach while he was in detainment in Nogales, Ariz., in January.... Read more»

St. Francis in the Foothills provides man sanctuary from deportation

St. Francis of the Foothills is giving refuge to a Tucson man who has had a deportation order hanging over his head for months. For nearly a year, Francisco Perez Cordova has feared leaving his home. With a formal order of deportation hanging over his head, Cordova has worried that a drive to work or the grocery store could lead to his removal from the United States, separating the married father of five from his family. ... Read more»1

Activists: Stop giving military hardware to school cops

More than 20 national education and civil rights advocates sent a letter September 15 to Department of Defense officials, urging them to stop giving U.S. school police departments anti-mine vehicles, military-grade firearms like M16s, and even grenade launchers.... Read more»

How one Spanish priest went gangster in Central America

El Salvador officials recorded Spanish priest Antonio Rodriguez becoming way too chummy with the jailed 'mara' gang members he was meant to be rehabilitating. An investigation that found Rodriguez to have sought favors for gang members and smuggled contraband into prisons.... Read more»

Domestic abuse a challenge for states

States are increasingly interested in reducing domestic violence, but none of them are trying to prevent domestic violence by focusing on specific demographic groups. Advocates say that’s a problem, stressing stress that states must consider the influence of race, culture and other demographic factors to craft effective strategies. ... Read more»

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