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Trump’s anti-immigration rhetoric deters families, not drug smugglers

The number of apprehensions of undocumented immigrants on the southern border has decreased, but the smuggling of hard drugs such as cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine has increased.... Read more»

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Will Trump’s wall stop drug smuggling?

President Donald Trump says that his proposed wall along the Mexico border “will stop much of the drugs from pouring into this country.” We cannot predict the future, but the fact is that most illicit drugs pass undetected through legal ports of entry.... Read more»

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Decorated Marine vet may be deported, despite likely U.S. citizenship

A Marine veteran who served in the Gulf War was transferred to an immigration facility in Eloy last week, where he faces deportation to Mexico despite a ruling that he is a U.S. citizen. George Ybarra has criminal convictions, but his family says he needs treatment, not banishment.... Read more»

Coke smuggler's arrest unravels alleged corruption of ex-Sonora governor

The arrest of an Hermosillo man for firing guns into the air led to the investigation of nearly two dozen members of Sonora's government, unveiling an alleged deal between a businessman and cocaine smuggler to funnel money into the campaign of Gov. Guillermo Padrés in exchange for rigged construction deals.... Read more»

CBP: Drug dog sniffs out nearly 7 tons in pot in bell pepper load

A drug dog sniffed out nearly 7 tons of marijuana, worth an estimated $6.85 million, hidden among a load of bell peppers, one of two large seizures made by Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers on Saturday. ... 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»

CBP: $1M in meth & cocaine found at Nogales crossings; 7 arrested

In the first seven days of November, Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers seized more than $1 million in hard drugs and arrested seven people, including two U.S. citizens, authorities said. The seizures included more than 100 pounds of meth and 37 pounds of cocaine. ... Read more»

CBP: Nearly $650K in heroin, cocaine, and meth seized in Nogales

Nearly 156 pounds of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine — worth almost $650,0000 — were intercepted by Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers in two seizures on Wednesday, authorities said.... Read more»

$706K in cocaine & marijuana seized at BP checkpoints

Border Patrol agents working at two checkpoints this week intercepted more than $706,400 in marijuana and cocaine, arrested three U.S. citizens, and seized three firearms, including an AR-15 rifle, said authorities. ... Read more»

'No field test is failsafe': The chemist behind police drug kits

Decades after L.J. Scott developed a test for cocaine, his invention played a role in hundreds of wrongful convictions in Houston. ... Read more»

Border Patrol agent indicted in sweeping Texas drug probe

A U.S. Border Patrol agent was indicted this week on drug trafficking charges as part of a wide-ranging probe of dope dealers who allegedly corrupted U.S. lawmen to help them steal cocaine in Houston and deep South Texas, court records show.... Read more»

72-year-old man arrested for smuggling meth, cocaine in Nogales

Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a 72-year-old Mexican man for attempting to smuggle 71 pounds of methamphetamine and 2.5 pounds of cocaine through the port on Monday, authorities said. ... 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»

Ex-mayor of Sonoran town sentenced for drug smuggling

The former mayor of a town just south of the Mexican border has been sentenced to 21 years in a U.S. prison for heading up a cocaine smuggling ring. Arturo Reyes Trujillo, mayor of Fronteras, Son., south of Agua Prieta, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Monday.... Read more»

Introducing the gangster warlords of Latin America

In an excerpt from his new book, former GlobalPost correspondent Ioan Grillo finds his way to a Brazilian cocaine party.... Read more»

Despite downward trend, Arizona still sees 30% of border narcotics busts

Drug seizures have declined 17 percent in the past year along the Arizona-Mexico border, but nearly a million pounds were still intercepted in the state — nearly one-third of all narcotics intercepted by federal border authorities.... Read more»

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