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BP agents seize $1M in marijuana near Douglas

Douglas-area Border Patrol agents seized more 1,800 pounds of marijuana worth more than $1 million and arrested one man during separate incidents Wednesday. ... Read more»

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Nogales-area BP seizes $585K in marijuana

Border Patrol agents intercepted two pickup trucks on Saturday near Nogales, each laden with more than 500 pounds of marijuana, worth a combined $585,000, authorities said. ... Read more»

Ex-Border Patrol agent gets 13 years for drug trafficking, accepting bribe

A former Border Patrol agent will serve 160 months in prison for attempting to smuggle 110 pounds of cocaine in a rental car headed for Chicago, and for accepting bribes as a public official. ... Read more»

Big companies in legal scrapes turn to science-for-hire giant Exponent

Exponent, Inc., is a publicly traded giant in litigation defense and regulatory science. It’s a go-to destination for major industries with liability problems – even as it is derided by critics as a hired gun whose findings are for sale. Among other facilities, the company has a 147-acre vehicle test track in Phoenix.... Read more»

BP seizes 1,100 pounds of marijuana after smugglers retreat to Mexico

Harried by a helicopter from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a group of 35 smugglers abandoned backpacks carrying more than 1,100 pounds of marijuana worth more than $550,000 near Nogales, authorities said. ... Read more»

2 Border Patrol agents assaulted in 24 hours

Two Border Patrol agents were assaulted by Mexican men in two separate incidents last week, authorities said. ... Read more»

Border agents seize drugs, guns while trying to stop smugglers near Sierra Vista

Border Patrol agents seized nearly 72 pounds of marijuana, an AK-style semi-automatic rifle, and a Colt handgun while trying to intercept a group of smugglers near Sierra Vista, Arizona on Friday, authorities said. ... Read more»

Human smuggler gets 11 years for crash that killed 80-year-old woman

William Ken Huebbe, 31, was sentenced in federal court on Monday for illegally transporting two Mexican men into the United States. During the smuggling attempt, Huebbe panicked when he saw a Border Patrol vehicle and fled at a high rate of speed, swerving into oncoming traffic and slamming into a white station wagon, killing an 80-year old woman from Three Points. ... Read more»

Tucson businesses targeted in multi-state 'spice' drug probe

At least two Tucson-area businesses were raided by federal law enforcement agents Wednesday morning as part of a multi-state investigation targeting the sale and distribution of the synthetic drug known as "spice." ... Read more»

16 lbs of meth and 35 lbs of coke seized near Yuma

Border Patrol agents near Yuma, Arizona seized around $700,000 in drugs and arrested 10 people in two separate incidents this week. ... Read more»

CBP review clears Border Patrol in 4 deadly force incidents

Customs and Border Protection cleared four agents of wrongdoing in use-of-force incidents, including one near Nogales, two in Texas and the fourth off the coast of California. In two instances, people were killed, but CBP said that agents acted "in compliance" when they used deadly force.... Read more»

3 men who refused to mule drugs tied to Nogales-area fence 'like piñatas'

Three men were found Friday morning "tied up like piñatas" to a border fence just inside Arizona, said Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada. The men said they were left there as a reprisal for refusing to carry drugs into the United States. ... Read more»

New Border Patrol chief is first agency outsider in nearly a century

Monday, CBP head R. Gil Kerlikowske announced that FBI veteran Mark Morgan would become the Chief of the Border Patrol. Morgan is the first head of U.S. Border Patrol to come from outside the agency in 92 years. ... Read more»

Meth tamales intercepted by Nogales CBP

"Creative smuggling tactics" failed to keep Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers from seizing nearly a pound of methamphetamine in packages disguised as tamales on Monday, authorities said. ... Read more»

Yuma-area Border Patrol agent shoots, kills man during fight

A Border Patrol agent shot and killed a man during an altercation south of Yuma on Thursday night. The agent sustained injuries, including a concussion and cuts to his face and head after a suspected illegal immigrant grabbed his collapsible baton and hit him repeatedly. ... Read more»

U.S. citizens socked with charges for smuggling meth, pills at I-19 checkpoint

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents arrested three U.S. citizens and seized more than five pounds of methamphetamine and a grab bag of marijuana and prescription drugs at the I-19 checkpoint on Monday. ... Read more»

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