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No wall, but more high-tech gear & fencing sought by border agents

Federal agents who patrol the U.S. border with Mexico want 23 more miles of fences, better radios and more aerial drones to tighten the southern frontier, according to an unpublished government study. The modest scope of the requirements contrasts sharply with calls by Republican presidential candidates for more drastic measures.... Read more»

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300 lbs. of meth among $1.8M in seizures at Nogales ports

Nogales-area customs officers seized nearly $1.8 million in drugs over the past week, including 25 pounds of heroin, 29 pounds of cocaine and more than 300 pounds of methamphetamine — with 152 pounds of liquid meth seized in a single case, authorities said. ... Read more»

BP: Busy weekend nets nearly $1.2M in marijuana, 9mm pistol

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized more than 2,600 pounds of marijuana and a 9mm pistol in two separate incidents this weekend, authorities said. Agents also arrested six men, two connected with a smuggling incident near Elgin, and four others hiding in a trailer outside of Amado. ... Read more»

Juicy haul: Watermelon load contains 3rd-largest pot seizure in Az history

Stems and seedless? A truck driver at a Nogales border crossing found himself in a sticky situation Thursday, as officers made the third-largest seizure of marijuana in Arizona history — about 14,800 pounds of the drug hidden in a semi-trailer loaded with watermelons. ... Read more»

Border agents seize longest Mexico-California drug tunnel yet

Federal agents have seized a ton of cocaine and seven tons of marijuana smuggled through a clandestine tunnel stretching a half mile beneath the U.S.-Mexico border, the longest one yet unearthed in California, authorities said on Wednesday. ... Read more»

Trucker arrested when 42 migrants found in semi-trailer

Arizona DPS officers arrested a U.S. citizen after they found 42 undocumented immigrants in the back of a tractor-trailer near Tubac on Monday, as part of a joint investigation involving federal and state officials. ... Read more»

BP reveals elite team had desert shootout earlier this month

Discussing a Tuesday shooting case, Border Patrol officials told TucsonSentinel.com on Wednesday that the agency's elite BORTAC team took part earlier this month in another incident: a shootout with five suspected drug smugglers.... Read more»

Shot fired as Border Patrol arrests pot smugglers

A Border Patrol agent fired his weapon as agents attempted to apprehend a group of suspected marijuana smugglers and were assaulted with rocks Tuesday afternoon on the Tohono O'odham Nation west of Tucson, authorities said.... Read more»

House OKs McSally border assessment bill

A measure sponsored by Rep. Martha McSally to require the Department of Homeland Security to review the security of the U.S.-Mexico border was approved by the House on Wednesday. The bill awaits action by the Senate.... Read more»

Border Patrol union endorses Trump for president

The national union that represents more than 16,000 agents of the United States Border Patrol issued its first-ever endorsement of a presidential candidate on Wednesday by throwing its support behind Republican Donald Trump. ... Read more»

New cross-border tunnel found in Nogales

Mexican officials in Nogales, Son., discovered a new cross-border tunnel, which extends about 30 feet into the United States, running just beneath the border wall east of the Morley Port of Entry in Nogales, Ariz. ... Read more»

Cuban refugees flocking to Texas border

Even as President Obama moves to normalize relations, Cuban refugees continue pouring into Texas through Laredo in record numbers.... Read more»

BP agents arrest 2 men suspected of holding migrant at gunpoint

Border Patrol agents arrested two Mexican men Thursday after an apprehended migrant told agents that the men had held him at gunpoint on the Tohono O'odham Nation, authorities said. ... Read more»

Arivaca humanitarian aid camp under Border Patrol surveillance

For the last 48 hours, Border Patrol agents have stationed themselves around the No More Deaths camp in the desert south of Arivaca, violating an agreement between the humanitarian aid group and the agency. ... Read more»1

Report: Customs and Border Protection's discipline system 'broken'

A federal oversight panel calls Customs and Border Protection's "broken" and that the process "takes far too long to be an effective deterrent" despite an effort to mitigate corruption and lessen deadly use-of-force incidents after the panel released a draft report last June. ... Read more»

Border Patrol team working missing migrant cases

A small group of agents has worked for the last nine months at Tucson BP headquarters to coordinate reports of migrants lost in the Arizona desert, and either launch rescue efforts to save those lost in the desert, or help recover and repatriate remains of those who had died.... Read more»1

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