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Rolling joints: Douglas teens attempt to smuggle pot in bicycle tires

Two Douglas-area teens were arrested when Customs and Border Protection officers discovered seven pounds of marijuana hidden in the tires of their bicycles as they tried to roll through a border crossing.... Read more»

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Experts: Border spending 'a shot in the dark' without better data

Border agencies know all about miles of fence and officers on the ground, but such "brute force" numbers do little to show the actual success or failure of border security policy, experts said. Without that data, border spending decisions are little more than "a shot in the dark." ... Read more»1

Mexico nearly doubles deportations of U.S.-bound migrants

Central American migrants heading to the U.S. often risk their lives trekking through jungles and jumping freight trains, only to be nabbed by the U.S. Border Patrol. Now an increasing number are being turned back before they even reach the Rio Grande — by Mexican police.... Read more»

New insect squashed at Nogales border crossing

Agriculture specialists at the commercial port in Nogales discovered an insect new to the U.S. in a load of Mexican celery on March 20, a CBP news release said.... Read more»

Texas lawmaker questions what border surge is achieving

A border lawmaker on Monday said the Texas Department of Public Safety has failed to provide details to back up claims that the state's multimillion-dollar surge of law enforcement to the border is producing results. ... Read more»

Suspected smuggler crashes after fleeing from Border Patrol in Tucson

One person died and four others were injured in a crash Thursday night at the Craycroft exit on westbound I-10 after Border Patrol agents attempted to stop their vehicle. ... Read more»

$500K in hard drugs seized at Nogales crossing

Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers seized more than $500,000 in hard drugs in multiple smuggling incidents over the past week, including one attempt by a 13-year-old girl to smuggle methamphetamine in the United States. ... Read more»

Interpol warrant leads to arrest by Border Patrol agents

A man who had escaped from prison in Mexico was arrested on Wednesday by Border Patrol agents when he attempted to cross into the United States. ... Read more»

3 arrested for human smuggling at I-19 checkpoint

Border Patrol agents at the I-19 checkpoint arrested three people for human smuggling after discovering Mexican nationals in their car's trunks during three separate incidents last week. ... Read more»

New border tunnel found in Nogales

Border patrol agents in the Nogales area discovered another attempt to burrow beneath the U.S.-Mexico border on Friday after they noticed fresh mortar and cinder blocks in a drainage tunnel. ... Read more»

Ted Cruz: Heavy on border rhetoric, light on visits

As he feels out a possible presidential bid, Ted Cruz has made border security and immigration his calling cards. But Texas' first Hispanic U.S. senator has only made three trips to border in the last two years. By comparison, his colleague John Cornyn has made 13.... Read more»1

Stuffed peppers: $1.2M marijuana load sniffed out in Nogales

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the commercial port in Nogales found 2,476 pounds of marijuana in a tractor-trailer Tuesday. Worth more than $1.2 million, the marijuana was hidden in a load of green peppers. ... Read more»

DHS shutdown plan: 30k furloughed, 85% remaining to work without pay

While a fractious Congress battled to the last minute over Homeland Security funding, the administration released a 46-page contingency plan showing just what parts of the agency would be shuttered in the event that Congress fails to pass a funding bill.... Read more»

Homeland Security funded for one more week

In a Friday night scramble with the clock running down, Congress managed to pass a stopgap measure funding the Department of Homeland Security for seven more days. The search for a more permanent solution continues.... Read more»

Smuggling tunnel in Naco is longest ever located in Tucson Sector

Longer than a football field, a tunnel found in Nogales by federal authorities in February 2014 was the record holder for cross-border smuggling shafts at 481 feet. But that tunnel has to take a back seat to the one found Tuesday, which was measured at 905 feet.... Read more»

Helicopter crews, agents on ground find 1,600 lbs of pot near Ajo

Border Patrol agents and aircrews with the Office of Air and Marine netted more than 1,600 pounds of marijuana worth around $810,000 in two seizures near Ajo a week ago, authorities said.... Read more»

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