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Mexican officials destroy guns connected to 'Operation Fast and Furious'

Mexican authorities in Monterrey destroyed nearly 6,000 firearms during a special ceremony on Tuesday, including 500 weapons connected with Operation Fast and Furious, a botched U.S. federal investigation that lost track of hundreds of firearms after they were purchased by straw buyers in U.S. gun stores. ... Read more»1

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CBP aircrews aid search for girl, kidnapping suspect on Navajo Nation

Following an Amber Alert issued by the FBI on Monday for a missing 15-year-old girl, Customs and Border Protection dispatched a helicopter and an airplane from the Tucson Air Branch to aid the search in a remote area of the Navajo Nation. Officials found the girl unharmed and arrested a 40-year-old man later that day. ... Read more»

ACLU asks judge to hold BP in contempt over missing evidence

Civil rights groups asked a federal judge Monday to hold the Border Patrol in contempt of court for failing to turn over video from Tucson Sector holding facilities. A lawyer wrote that the agency was "stonewalling" and acting in "bad faith" and had allowed a computer update to corrupt months of video showing conditions in the facilities.... Read more»

Injured Honduran man rescued from desert by helicopter

A Honduran man was rescued from a steep cliff near Baboquivari Peak on Tuesday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents, backed by a helicopter crew and a paramedic from Arizona Department of Public Safety, authorities said. ... Read more»

Nogales CBP intercepts 7 assault rifles, ammo headed into Mexico

Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers intercepted a cache of weapons headed for Mexico on Monday, including seven semi-automatic rifles, a handgun and dozens of rounds of ammunition. ... Read more»

Judge keeps order for BP to provide bedding, showers to detainees

Border Patrol officials must follow a court order to provide clean bedding and showers for detainees after a judge rejected a motion asking him to reconsider because of "unexpected consequences." But Judge David C. Bury wrote that "the Court cannot suspend what it believes are constitutional rights." ... Read more»

Empty Border Patrol vehicle hit by gunfire near Sierra Vista

On Friday evening, a Border Patrol vehicle was hit by several gunshots south of Sierra Vista. An agent in a mobile surveillance unit next to the vehicle spotted two people with a rifle in the distance, but they fled on foot and have not been found.... Read more»

2016: Five photos that marked the year

Five photos that mark a year of journalism by TucsonSentinel.com's border and immigration reporter Paul Ingram. ... Read more»

Double fruit: CBP turns up 2nd pot haul: Hidden in watermelon load

A day after intercepting more than three tons of marijuana jammed into barrels of strawberry preserves, Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers nabbed 2,400 pounds of marijuana co-mingled in a load of watermelons, authorities said. ... Read more»

Sticky situation: Strawberry jam containers hold $3.25M in marijuana

Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers intercepted another multi-million dollar haul of marijuana this month, this time seizing three tons of drugs worth around $3.25 million in a shipment of strawberry jam, authorities said. ... Read more»

CBP: Weekend haul at Arizona crossings turns up $606K in drugs

Customs and Border Protection officers in Lukeville and Nogales intercepted 284 pounds of drugs, including cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and marijuana worth a combined $606,000 last weekend Four people were arrested in multiple smuggling attempts. ... Read more»

Border Patrol agent shoots, wounds man near Douglas

A U.S. Border Patrol agent shot a man, wounding him in the leg, during a fight Friday night near Douglas. The agent was assaulted while arresting two men, officials said.... Read more»

Yuma BP agents rescue 5 from canal

Five men were rescued by Border Patrol agents on Tuesday after they jumped into a canal in an attempt to avoid apprehension near San Luis, Arizona. ... Read more»

Agents at checkpoints nab marijuana, arrest 12

Border Patrol agents at three checkpoints in Southern Arizona arrested 12, including four U.S. citizens, and seized 740 pounds of marijuana this week, authorities said. Eight people were discovered in vehicles, hidden there by human smugglers.... Read more»

Teens apprehended with marijuana launched into U.S. by air cannon

Two teenagers were arrested by Border Patrol agents in Naco after they were found with a bundle of marijuana believed to have been launched over the border by an air cannon, authorities said. ... Read more»

Nogales CBP officers intercept 5 tons of marijuana

Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers seized more than 10,000 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $5 million in a tractor-trailer on Wednesday, authorities said. ... Read more»

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