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More choppers, planes to patrol border as Guard pulls back

The Defense Department will send more helicopters and airplanes to keep watch over the U.S.-Mexico border next year, as the number of National Guard troops working with the Border Patrol is reduced.... Read more»

Bolivians add new ingredient to panettone: coca leaves

Panettone, a traditional Christmas sweet bread, usually includes raisins, candied fruit and what flour. But Bolivian coca growers have modified the recipe to include flour made from coca leaves.... Read more»

BP agents rescue injured man from mountain

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents rescued an injured man via helicopter from a remote area of the Coronado National Forest on Thursday.... Read more»5

Drug seizures up, border apprehensions down in Az in 2011

Tucson Sector Border Patrol apprehensions were down more than 40 percent in 2011, which U.S. Customs and Border Protection attributes to technology, improved infrastructure and more employees.... Read more»2

Analysis

This time, it's caciques, not cartels, killing in Mexico

A violent student organization with links to caciques that has been know to extort food vendors is being blamed for three killings in Guadalajara on Thursday.... Read more»1

Napolitano cuts Arpaio's access to ICE programs

In the wake of Justice Department allegations of widespread discrimination by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, Homeland Security has canceled an agreement that allows MCSO to detain illegal immigrants after their initial arrest.... Read more»13

Justice: Arpaio engaged in 'wide-ranging discrimination' vs. Latinos

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio engaged in “wide-ranging discrimination against Latinos and retaliatory actions against individuals who criticized” his office, the U.S. Justice Department said Thursday. MCSO practices racial profiling in traffic stops and immigration sweeps, and discriminates against Spanish-speaking inmates in county jails, a report alleged.... Read more»20

In Mexico's war on Christmas, Santa's the winner

A free, government-coordinated holiday program in Mexico City underscores an emerging trend in the country: Christmas is being Americanized.... Read more»

Cuban gets 12 years for coke trafficking plot

A 39-year-old Cuban immigrant was sentenced to more than 12 years in prison Monday for his role in a plan to move cocaine from Tucson to Miami, Fla.... Read more»

Border Patrol wrapup

Agents arrest sex offender, rescue 5 from desert

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a sex offender and rescued five people who were lost in the desert in separate incidents Tuesday.... Read more»1

Drug seizures increase as immigrant arrests fall

Narcotics seizures on the country’s borders increased by 20 percent during 2011, even as apprehensions of illegal immigrants fell to their lowest levels in decades. The total arrested in Arizona is the lowest in 17 years.... Read more»2

Perry blasts Obama over Guard drawdown at border

A decision by the White House to reduce the number of National Guard troops on the country’s border with Mexico has provoked a fierce but expected reaction from Gov. Rick Perry, a longtime advocate for more boots on the ground in Texas.... Read more»1

Who's ahead: Calderon or Obama?

Another Zetas cartel leader captured ... and another round of drug-war Whack-a-Mole begins.... Read more»

Gov't: Hezbollah profits from U.S. cocaine sales via Mex. cartel link

U.S. authorities are building a politically explosive case that Hezbollah, the Lebanese militant group, finances itself through a vast drug smuggling network that links a Lebanese bank, a violent Mexican cartel and U.S. cocaine users.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Az Senate president hopes to avoid budget cuts

Today on Buckmaster - We kick off the show with a newsmaker interview with Arizona Senate President Steve Pierce. Also, the Tuesday Money Maker Report with Shelly Fishman, certified financial planner. Next, we’ve got Keith Rosenblum, Buckmaster Show contributor on Mexico, who breaks down Sonoran shopper numbers.... Read more»

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