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BP: Drug dog sniffs out $700K in marijuana stashed in flat-bed trailer

Border Patrol agents arrested a Phoenix man Friday after a drug dog pointed them to more than 1,400 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $700,000, concealed in a flat-bed trailer, authorities said. ... Read more»

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BP uncovers cache of weapons near Ajo, 3 men arrested

Three men and a cache of semi-automatic rifles were intercepted by Border Patrol agents on Saturday afternoon southwest of Ajo, Ariz. ... Read more»

Pima accepts Stonegarden border funds, but still questions program's costs, accountability

Pima County supervisors OKed taking nearly $1.4 million from the feds to underwrite border enforcement, after Supervisor Ramón Valadez requested five conditions to make working with Border Patrol more transparent and responsive to claims that deputies may engage in racial profiling. ... Read more»

No More Deaths volunteer arrested, charged with harboring immigrants

A member of No More Deaths faces a felony charge after he was arrested by Border Patrol agents, just hours after the Tucson humanitarian group released videos showing agents destroying water and food left for those crossing Arizona's deserts. ... Read more»1

Border Patrol agent arrested for lewd conduct with minor

Pima County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Border Patrol agent at the Ajo Station two weeks ago based on a fugitive warrant issued by officials in California for charges of lewd and lascivious acts with a minor in 2013.... Read more»

New Tucson Sector BP chief wants to shift agents to border, add more technology

After six weeks on the job, the new chief of the Border Patrol's Tucson Sector said he wants to shift agents closer to the border, and work closely with Mexican officials to keep illegal traffic, including drugs and people, from reaching the U.S.-Mexico border. ... Read more»

As border wall prototype construction starts, one Arizona geographer speaks up

President Trump's border wall “would basically be just this massive project for no real apparent reasons other than political expediency and this whole political performance,” said ASU geographer Scott Warren, who lives in Ajo.... Read more»

Group fights to revive Ajo’s economy after decades of recession

Ajo, Arizona, once nearly a ghost town, is in the hands of a single nonprofit seeking to save the economy by getting residents back into school and the workforce.... Read more»

BP agents arrest 19 drug mules, seize nearly 1,500 lbs. of pot

Border Patrol agents arrested 19 men and seized 1,483 pounds of marijuana worth nearly $742,000 during two incidents over the weekend, authorities said.... Read more»

CBP: 1,377 lbs of marijuana 'launched' into Douglas over weekend

Border Patrol agents seized nearly $1.4 million in marijuana over the weekend, including 1,377 pounds found in Douglas that were “apparently launched” over the border fence, authorities said.... Read more»1

Border Patrol agent beaten with rock

Border Patrol agent assigned to the Ajo Border Station was assaulted on the Tohono O'odham Nation on Saturday. The agent was responding to a call in the area near Gu Vo, west of Sells, when he was attacked by a man with a rock, according to an agency source not authorized to speak to the media.... Read more»1

Three border crossers rescued from desert

Border Patrol agents rescued two distressed illegal aliens near Ajo on Monday afternoon. In a separate incident Saturday, agents rescued an illegal immigrant near Naco... Read more»

State Health Assessment highlights rural communities needing more care

Arizona’s first State Health Assessment listed Ajo among the communities with the highest health risk outside of the Phoenix and Tucson areas. Conducted by the Department of Health Services, the survey considered factors such as access to health care facilities and professionals, maternal care, mortality and environmental health.... Read more»

BP, rangers rescue injured hiker

A hiker lost near Arch Canyon in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument was rescued by Border Patrol and National Park Service Rangers on Saturday.... Read more»

Border agents: Harsh desert claims lives of 4 men

In separate incidents over the weekend, Border Patrol agents found four dead men in the desert. A pregnant woman was located near Sells, sitting near her dead husband's body, while bodies were also found near Lukeville and Queens Well.... Read more»

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Border agents rescue 1, find nearly 1 ton of pot

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized nearly 1 ton of marijuana and rescued a dehydrated Mexican national from the desert in separate incidents over the holiday weekend.... Read more»

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