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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»

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Bordering on insecurity

Border corruption cases can run off the rails

About 90 percent of the corruption cases brought against the agents and officials charged with securing the nation's borders end with convictions. But two cases in particular illustrate how federal officials intent on weeding out corruption sometimes embark on enigmatic quests. This story is part of our "Bordering on Insecurity" series.... Read more»

Arizonans join anti-wall protest at generally quiet GOP convention

For members of Puente Arizona , the border wall promised by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is disturbing enough that they were willing to drive from Arizona to Cleveland to be part of a protest against it.... Read more»

U.S. citizen receives settlement over body cavity search at border

A woman who was subjected to unwarranted body cavity searches after crossing a Texas-Mexico border in 2012 has been awarded nearly a half million dollars by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, her lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union said Thursday. ... Read more»

Border Patrol agents rescue 15 men from open-pit mine

Agents with the Border Patrol's search and rescue team used ropes to help extricate 15 men from an open-pit mine near Green Valley on Tuesday, authorities said. ... Read more»

McCain, Flake concerned tunnel beneath Nogales port may collapse

Arizona Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake are urging federal officials to inspect a drainage tunnel that runs beneath the DeConcini port of entry in Nogales because it could potentially collapse. ... 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»

ACLU: Lack of reporting allows abuses by Border Patrol agents

ACLU attorneys from Southwest border states said Tuesday that a lack of reporting on stops by Customs and Border Protection officers opens the door to police abuse and makes it difficult to hold officers accountable for their actions.... Read more»

Staffing woes keep Nogales port expansion from living up to promise

Nearly two years after the completion of a $250 million expansion that was supposed to speed traffic through the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales, some say the project has yet to live up to its promise.... Read more»

New Border Patrol chief faces uphill battle to reform agency

As the first outsider appointed to run the Border Patrol in its 92-year history, former FBI official Mark Morgan starts his new job this week as chief with a target on his back. The selection of the career FBI official to run the 20,000-strong force sends a clear message: BP has a culture problem that needs to be fixed.... Read more»

Feds tight-lipped on weeding out corrupt border agents

Whether most — or even a significant fraction of — corrupt federal border agents really are caught and punished is an open question. Just a few months ago, a report from an outside committee concluded the current state of affairs at the agency “leaves CBP vulnerable to a corruption scandal that could potentially threaten the security of our nation.”... Read more»

Bordering on insecurity

Border corruption often has family roots

David Cruz joined the U.S. Border Patrol because he wanted to be "part of the best." But family pressures, disillusionment, love and greed drove him to begin taking bribes to help immigrants enter the country illegally... Read more»

CBP: 12,000 rounds of ammo, 2 AR-15s intercepted in Nogales

In less than a week, Nogales-area CBP officers intercepted 12,000 rounds of ammunition and two AR-15 rifles in two separate smuggling attempts last week, arresting two Nogales residents. ... Read more»

Bordering on insecurity

Headless body leads to arrest of Texas Border Patrol agent

When Franky Palacios Paz was found naked and decapitated floating off South Padre Island, the local sheriff thought the murder would lead investigators back to Mexican drug cartel violence. He didn’t expect a U.S. Border Patrol agent to be among those arrested.... 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»

Judge unseals photos, docs of immigration detention centers

A federal judge in Tucson unsealed hundreds of pages of documents and photos this week as part of a class-action lawsuit over the treatment of detainees held by Border Patrol agents in the Tucson Sector.... Read more»

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