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Fentanyl overdoses rise, cartels still eager to funnel more via Arizona

Despite significant seizures of fentanyl over the past year, the lethal synthetic opioid keeps pouring into the country across Arizona’s border with Mexico, the DEA and state DPS say.... Read more»

Ducey touts Az border-crime effort at made-for-campaign event

Gov. Doug Ducey, in an event staged for campaign cameras, said Wednesday that Arizona will spend $2.9 million in fiscal 2019 on the multiagency "Arizona Border Strike Force" effort to stop drug trafficking and human smuggling at the border.... Read more»

Border Patrol agent struck by vehicle on highway after ATV crash

A Tucson Sector Border Patrol agent is in stable condition after he crashed his ATV and was thrown onto a highway where he was hit by a passing vehicle near Douglas. ... Read more»

Arizona court: Private cell phones can contain public records

The Arizona Court of Appeals has ruled that a public employee's private cell phone records can be considered public records if the employee used the cell phone for a public purpose. ... Read more»

Injured Guatemalan man airlifted by Arizona DPS helicopter

A helicopter crew with Arizona DPS airlifted an injured Guatemalan man from a remote mountainside near Arivaca after he was treated by Border Patrol agents, authorities said. ... Read more»

Border Patrol involved in 30-minute shootout with Phoenix homicide suspect

Border Patrol agents were involved in a shootout in western Arizona that wounded a man suspected in a Phoenix homicide early Tuesday morning, authorities said.... Read more»

BP agents, DPS helicopter rescue woman man from mountaintop

A helicopter crew with the Arizona Department of Public Safety rescued a woman Wednesday from a mountaintop in the Baboquivari wilderness about 45 miles southwest of Tucson, authorities said. ... Read more»

BORSTAR agents, DPS helicopter rescue injured man from mountains

A helicopter crew from the Arizona Department of Public Safety airlifted an injured Guatemalan man after he was apprehended by Border Patrol agents on Tuesday. ... Read more»

Authorities ID man shot, killed by BP agents; another man charged with murder, drugs

Rodolfo Ballardo, 31, from Wasco, Calif., was killed by Border Patrol agents after he hijacked a semi-tractor trailer and repeatedly fired a gun at BP agents and DPS troopers during a rolling shootout near Quartzsite. Authorities released his identity Thursday, a day after the incident.... Read more»

Border Patrol agents shoot and kill man after rolling shootout near Quartzsite

Yuma-area Border Patrol agents shot and killed a man early Wednesday morning following a rolling shootout — in which a gunman first drove a Mustang and then hijacked a semi-truck — that ended at a gas station in Quartzsite, Ariz.... Read more»

Arizona highway crashes increase for 6th straight year

Motor vehicle crashes, injuries and fatalities continued their steady six-year rise in Arizona in 2016, according to the most recent data from the state’s Department of Transportation.... Read more»

Dust storm detector will alert drivers to freeway hazards

State safety and transportation officials are developing a detection system to warn motorists if dangerous dust storms are in the area.... Read more»

Arizona public records aren’t so public

More than a month ago, 19 Arizona agencies were given simple public record requests seeking data on the numbers of those requests those agencies received in 2015 and 2016. Less than half responded. ... Read more»

Arizona police might not enforce Trump’s immigration orders

Arizona law enforcement mostly say they won’t participate in widespread immigration raids that target long-term undocumented immigrants no matter what President Trump’s new executive order says. Phoenix, Tucson and Nogales police, and Yuma, Santa Cruz and Maricopa sheriffs say officers will not target those who have no violent felony offenses.... 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»

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