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Border agents arrest 26 for human smuggling, drugs

In the last 10 days Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents have apprehended 19 people for attempting to enter the country illegally — including two Chinese nationals hidden in the trunk of car, and arrested seven others for their role in human smuggling or drug trafficking.... Read more»

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Arivaca residents demand BP stop interfering with checkpoint monitors

The ACLU has sent a letter to the Border Patrol demanding that agents halt what the group alleges is interference and harassment of monitors and protestors at the checkpoint on Arivaca Road.... Read more»

The 6 most surprising ways the U.S. gov't is spending your taxes

You paid $81.50 toward America’s nuclear weapons last year.... Read more»

CBP: $4M in marijuana found in red bell pepper shipment

The driver of a semi-trailer truck was arrested after officers discovered four tons of marijuana, worth more than $4 million, hidden in the trailer among a shipment of red bell peppers.... Read more»

BP agent shoots two as truck almost runs him down

A U.S. Border Patrol agent working on the Tohono O’odham Nation shot two men early Monday morning, when the driver of a truck tried to run him down while the agent was on foot.... Read more»1

Lawmakers file a bipartisan bill on CBP oversight

Border lawmakers from opposing parties introduced legislation this week that would increase the monitoring of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s use-of-force practices and create a uniform complaint process to address allegations of misconduct by agency officials.... Read more»

Tech companies showcase surveillance gear at border expo

More than 150 companies vied for the attention of law enforcement personnel at the Phoenix Convention Center this week, promoting a wealth of new technology possibly destined for the U.S.-Mexico border.... Read more»

Activists: CBP use-of-force directive a first step

Civil liberties and immigrant rights groups are welcoming the release of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s use-of-force policy and a new directive for U.S. Border Patrol agents as a signal of greater transparency, but those groups — along with some congressmen — argue that more should be done.... Read more»

BP, rangers rescue injured hiker

A hiker lost near Arch Canyon in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument was rescued by Border Patrol and National Park Service Rangers on Saturday.... Read more»

Torn between higher taxes and border hassles

As part of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s economic reforms in Mexico, the federal value-added tax in regions within about 12.5 miles of the border was raised this year to 16 percent from 11 percent, matching the rest of the country. As a result, economists and local government officials in Texas are eyeing millions in additional dollars being spent by Mexican residents who are willing to cross the Rio Grande to save on items from toilet paper to electronics.... Read more»

CBP: Border apprehensions down 60 percent in 5 years

The number apprehensions of suspected undocumented border crossers is down 61 percent over five years, and down more than 82 percent since the highest marks were recorded in 2000, Customs and Border Protection said Thursday. 125,942 people were detained by Border Patrol agents in Arizona in 2013.... Read more»

3 arrested with $96K of heroin; Jaguar seized

Drug smugglers trying to ease their way through border crossings usually try to keep a low profile, driving nondescript vehicles to dodge attention. Three women tried a different tactic Monday, officials said, trying to cross at Nogales with $96,000 in heroin in a Jaguar sedan.... Read more»

Man shot, killed in struggle with Border Patrol

A man was fatally shot by a U.S. Border Patrol agent Thursday night during a struggle in Cochise County near the U.S.-Mexican border, officials said Friday.... Read more»2

Drug dog tunes in to 17 lbs of meth in smuggling attempt

A Tucson woman was arrested last week for attempting to smuggle nearly 21 pounds of heroin and methamphetamine across the border at Nogales, but a drug-sniffing dog found the narcotics hidden in a car’s dashboard, officials said.... Read more»

Border Patrol pay reform would cut agents’ take-home, but add stability

Reforming the Border Patrol pay system could save taxpayers $1 billion over the next decade, while giving peace of mind to agents whose pay has been threatened by sequestration, said supporters of a bill introduced by Sens. John McCain and Jon Tester on Wednesday.... Read more»

Avoiding immigration confrontations, TPD changing turn-over tactics

Last month’s immigration protest may have pushed Tucson police to use courts as hand-off points when turning arrestees over to immigration officials. A man arrested Friday after being pulled over for expired tags was released after a hearing Saturday, but immediately taken into federal custody and may face deportation.... Read more»

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