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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»

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TOPD intercepts man using pack horses to smuggle meth, pot

A Tohono O'odham Police officer arrested a man Wednesday afternoon near the village of Santa Rosa, about 63 miles northwest of Tucson, when he discovered him leading two horses carrying burlap sacks stuffed with narcotics worth more than $123,000.... Read more»

Border Patrol agents rescue 3 hikers near Sells

Border Patrol agents rescued three hikers in the rugged Baboquivari Mountains on Wednesday after a 911 call for help on Tuesday, authorities said. ... Read more»

Swartz trial: Cross-border shooting case sent to jury

Jurors began deliberating Monday after closing arguments in the case against Lonnie Ray Swartz, the Border Patrol agent on trial for second-murder for shooting and killing 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez ... Read more»

Ducey: Call for National Guard not border militarization

Citing a surge in apprehensions by Border Patrol agents, Gov. Doug Ducey praised the Trump administration for "finally taking action" to secure the border by calling on governors in southwestern states to deploy National Guard troops along the U.S.-Mexico border. ... Read more»2

What the Devil won't tell you

Stop making sense: Immigration debate devolving into word salad

The immigration debate, and for the moment the controversy about the National Guard on the border, is about an inevitable power shift – who's losing it, who's got it, and what they are going to do with it on the brink of massive cultural change. No wonder the facts are irrelevant.... Read more»

Swartz: 'I'm gonna defend myself' — BP agent accused of murder takes stand

In emotional testimony, Lonnie Swartz, the Border Patrol agent accused of murder in the shooting death of a Mexican teenager, told jurors that he was scared and fired his weapon after a fellow agent and a Nogales police dog were hit with rocks thrown over the border fence.... Read more»

Napier: Arizona deploying 330 guardsmen to border

The Arizona National Guard will send more than double the number of guardsmen to assist with border enforcement than Gov. Ducey announced last week, Pima County Sheriff Mark Napier said Monday.... Read more»

Swartz trial: Defense struggles with first witness after prosecution rests

A witness appeared to refute her own previous testimony Thursday as defense lawyers began to make their case for Lonnie Ray Swartz, the Border Patrol agent accused of murder in the shooting death a Mexican teenager in 2012. ... Read more»

Trump deploying troops to border, but crossings at historic lows

Homeland Security said a surge of apprehensions at the border justifies President Trump’s decision to deploy National Guard units, but critics of the plan argue that despite the increase, overall crossings are at historic lows.... Read more»

Swartz trial: Expert says first shot hit boy in back, fatal final shot in head

An expert in forensic pathology testified that 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez was on the ground and severely wounded when Border Patrol Agent Lonnie Swartz — on trial for murder — fired a .40-caliber bullet into the right side of his head through the border fence in Nogales in 2012. ... Read more»

Ducey welcomes Trump plan to send National Guard troops to border

The Homeland Security secretary said her agency is working with governors to send National Guard troops to the southern border as quickly as possible. Despite the lack of details, Gov. Ducey tweeted out his support for the plan, saying that “Arizona welcomes the deployment of National Guard to the border.”... Read more»

'Time we get serious’: Az ranchers support Trump’s move to militarize border

By God, it’s time we get serious. And if it takes the military, then do it.” John Ladd did not mince words as he stood at the fence separating Arizona and Mexico, his face shaded by the brim of his straw cowboy hat.... Read more»1

Az sheriffs wait to see details on Trump plan for military on the border

President Trump’s announcement that he plans to send U.S. troops to patrol the border left Southern Arizona sheriffs looking for details before committing to the president’s “big step.”... Read more»

Swartz should have taken cover; shooting unarmed person in back 'unjustified,' testifies BP trainer

An ex-Border Patrol firearms instructor said shooting an unarmed person in the back was "unjustified," and that Agent Lonnie Swartz — on trial for murder — should have sought cover rather than firing three salvos of gunfire into Mexico, killing 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez in 2012.... Read more»

Swartz trial: 3D model shows BP agent shot at fallen boy

A 3D reconstruction shows that Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, the 16-year-old Mexican teenager shot and killed by a Border Patrol agent more than five years ago, may have fled more than 16 feet before he collapsed over a curb, and was hit by two volleys of gunfire. ... Read more»

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